Chapter 23 -- The End of the Mission

The second term of President Carey drew to the close. He became one of the greatest presidents of the United States. Like Abraham Lincoln or Franklin D. Roosevelt he fully rose to the occasion at the time of crisis. He replaced misleadership with leadership, mismanagement with good management. He set a new standard for directing the domestic and foreign policies of the most powerful nation on Earth. The proper balancing of the federal, state and local governments on one hand, and the balancing of the public with the private sector was one of his accomplishments.

President Carey's programs also restored the economic and social well-being of the nation. An excellent educational system, rising industrial productivity, restored transportation infrastructure, urban renewal, equitable taxation, improved public health all testified to the success of the New Transformation. But his greatest accomplishment was the success of the Grand Moral Strategy -- the abolition of the social institution of organized warfare and militarism. Like Paul, he ascended from being a victim of war to become a conqueror of war. It was fitting that during the final year of his presidency he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The president now used his full powers to implement the World Authority proposed by Pau

Although tremendous progress was made toward reaching an equitable human condition, there were still many economic and social differences among the almost 200 nations and countries that existed. A World Federal Government structure was not yet possible, nor was it particularly desirable. Cultural and social adjustments were still taking place among the many diverse groups within most countries. Here and there autocratic regimes were slowly withering on the vine. There existed societies which, for religious or cultural reasons, wanted to be isolated to some extent from a consumer economy. It was best that each country continued its own development, subject to such general rules as the abolishing of war and violence, the desirability of citizen participation in governing, and continuing economic and social development assisted by nation-states that could afford to help.

A fully functioning world government also had the potential for abuse of power. Legislative powers could give opportunities for undue influence by special interest groups. A strong centralized executive branch could similarly tempt an unscrupulous person to usurp power. Paul was fully cognizant of these dangers. His proposal for a World Authority was a reflection of his concerns.

"The best government is the one that governs the least!" This was the guiding principle behind the proposed World Authority. There had to be a moral code among the nations and countries of the world that each should assist their fellow human groups to reach their fullest potential. There had to be a recognition that Earth was the common patrimony of all of humanity. And finally, the inevitable differences among human groups had to be resolved without violence. If such understandings did not exist among the hundreds of nations, countries, tribes and other entities, then no government could function without using force. If force had to be used, then sooner or later the force would be abused, and would lead to tyranny. And that would not be acceptable to America and other countries that learned to love freedom and democracy.

The previous decade demonstrated that humanity was finally moving in the right direction under the influence of the Grand Moral Strategy. Psychologically, the people of the world were coming together. More and more people felt a sense of responsibility for each other. Ultimately governing the world by force was no longer necessary, or even desirable. What was needed was the managing of resources, the coordination of activities, the planning of future developments affecting large segments of humanity. All of these had to be handled by mutual consent, under the influence of moral principles. The use of force would not be practical against billions or even hundreds of millions of people. The consent of the governed had to be obtained through moral authority and persuasion.

Paul laid out the first principle of the World Authority. There had to be ultimately one decision maker, a single head of this partial world government. But his role was to be a servant of humanity, and not the other way around. The principle of servant leadership was to be implemented at every level. He chose the title of Trustee of the World Authority to describe the position such a leader should occupy.

The second principle was the total absence of force in operating the World Authority. "Not a single bullet should be under its jurisdiction" was the guideline to be followed. The World Authority would only command Non-Lethal and Peace Forces. These would be sufficient to control illegal activities by criminals or irrational groups, but never able to threaten the liberties of law-abiding citizens. They could intervene to eliminate or reduce violence. But their function was primarily that of conflict prevention, conflict resolution and conflict abatement. The World Constabulary Force became part of the World Authority, to handle global law enforcement, using non-lethal weapons. National contingents made up the World Peace Force, which was deployed to prevent prospective violence situations. A large World Service Corps, employing millions, worked on education, health, environmental and infrastructure development projects.

Global governance was already taking place in limited areas or specialties. Postal services, weather forecasting, civil aviation control, radio wave allocations, information exchange about crime and terrorism, the law of the seas and other common interest areas were already globalized. Under the World Authority global governance would become formally established and rationalized, to cover the relevant specialized areas.

Political cooperation was still to be handled by the U.N. Security Council. That body was best equipped to handle the remaining problems involving the final abolition of armaments, the monitoring of the few remaining authoritarian governments, human rights abusers and other violators of planetary law and order. Since a number of countries still retained vestigial military forces, the Security Council was best suited for organizing the more traditional peacekeeping functions.

The World Authority was to handle the functions of global economic and social development. Four subordinate Cooperation Councils were established for this purpose.

The Economic Cooperation Council's mission included the promoting of the economic development of the Third World, and facilitating trade among the several trade blocs. The Global Central Bank also was controlled by this Council.

The Technological Cooperation Council's mission included the managing the technological and scientific forces of change to maximize global innovation, including technology transfer, outer space exploration and similar activities.

The Social Cooperation Council's mission included the maximizing the human potential and meeting of human needs. The U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization were incorporated into this Council.

The Environmental Cooperation Council's mission included the management of the oceans, protection and restoration of the environment, planting of forests, preserving species and other similar environment-related functions.

Funding for operating the World Authority was contributed by all the countries. Contributions were assessed voluntarily as a percentage of Gross National Product. It was also feasible to borrow funds under the auspices of the Global Central Bank. Continuously increasing economic development and productivity made the needed resources available, especially since most of the former trillion dollar annual military expenditures were not needed.

Another critical function of the World Authority was the setting up a long-term global agenda -- subject of course to the approval of the leadership of the participating countries. These goals for mankind were continuously updated as goals were reached, and new targets had to be set up for new accomplishments.

Organizational arrangements also were made for the effective functioning of the organization. The Trustee of the World Authority was assisted by Regional Trustees responsible for major regions. An Advisory Council, consisting of former presidents and prime ministers of the most powerful or populous nations assisted the Trustee. The Cooperation Councils also were decentralized around the planet. The most difficult question was the location of the headquarters of the World Authority. After long consideration Paul proposed Jerusalem, the City of Peace as the most appropriate location. After the settling of the Arab-Israeli dispute the city became the capital of both Israel and the Palestinian state. The world-wide strengthening of religious feeling was reflected in Jerusalem, as Muslims, Christians and Jews willingly shared the holy shrines of their religions. The City of Peace also was located appropriately near the intersection of the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe.

With the start of the New Millennium the long-awaited mindset change of humanity gradually occurred. There was swift approval of the World Authority. There were few suitable candidates for the position of Trustee. Once again Paul, as the originator of another new social institution to replace war, was the logical person to handle the task. His acceptance signaled the end of an era marked with much destruction and violence. But it was also a time for a new beginning, when the millenarian spirit and humanity's advance to maturity finally triumphed. He became symbolically a bridge between the old and the new. He moved from near death as a slave laborer to the highest position collective humanity could offer.

The term of office for the Trustee was set at five years, and was not to be renewed. It would have been presumptuous to suggest that out of nearly six billion people no one could be found to replace Paul, or anyone else. The prestige of the World Authority attracted the most intelligent and most moral men and women of the planet. It was not a very difficult task to set up the right organizational structures and staff the positions. The gigantic world communications network channelled the needed information to the decision makers. Sophisticated computer techniques helped to make the optimum decisions. Continuous monitoring of the programs, projects and activities -- both by the Authority itself and by the free press of a democratic world -- ensured proper performance.

Increasingly Paul found less and less need to be involved with the daily operations of the Authority. He spent much of his time travelling, visiting the capitals of the countries of the world. He testified before the legislative bodies when appropriations were made to the economic and other development projects. But he made sure that the Trustee of the World Authority never will have direct control over money. He visited other World Authority regional and operational headquarters to inspire and encourage. But he always was happy to return to his new home in the City of Peace. He became a well known figure there. To set an example, he consciously displayed a simple life-style. The closest thing to a planetary ruler lived in a fairly modest villa, guarded only by a few Peace Force recruits. He still did his own laundry. No fancy chefs for him, for he was quite content to enjoy the food that Florrie prepared during their four decades of marriage. The servant leader had to show by example how the leaders of the future human species ought to behave. Only by eschewing the showy display of power would future tyranny be prevented.

The operation of the World Authority speeded up the world-wide democratization and development process. Progress was now measured, and continuous. In every field of endeavor the plans were exceeded by actual results. Scientific discoveries proliferated. Additional planets of the Solar System were visited. The environment gradually recovered, while the standards of living improved for all. Greater economic productivity was accompanied by increased leisure time. All phases of human culture and the arts flourished. It was now time for Paul to turn over the machinery of the New World Order to his successo

The townhouse, where he started his project to abolish war waited for Paul and Florrie. He still retained a connection with the World Authority, for he became a member of the Advisory Council. But it was now time to retire and enjoy the more tranquil atmosphere of a small suburb. Some writing and an occasional address to large groups -- still encouraging the Grand Moral Strategy -- kept him occupied.

One day, on a warm summer afternoon, Paul dozed off in his small garden. From the nearby highway he heard the siren of an emergency vehicle. His mind suddenly remembered how the great adventure of the last fifteen years started...


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