The Declaration of Our Interdependence
Some explanatory notes and links
For two centuries, the American Declaration of Independence served as the model to grow democracy.1 Now our world has reached the limits of growth driven by the pursuit of individual rights at the expense of shared responsibilities. Faced with the threats of warming, weapons, waste, and the lopsided distribution of wealth, we must declare our interdependence.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created dependent—on each other, our earth, and its climate—endowed with the inalienable responsibility to maintain justice, liberty, and affiliation for all. Thus our societies must sustain balance across public sector governments that are respected, private sector businesses that are responsible, and plural sector communities that are robust. Some societies retain this balance; others have lost it; many never had it.
We propose the following resolutions to guide the rebalancing of society:
- Balance begins when each of us decides how we shall become part of the solution. By doing nothing, we remain part of the problem.
- We advance to action in our communities, networked to consolidate a global movement for peaceful reformation.
- In so doing, we commit to the ideals of social conscience, fair trade, and good government, to replace the dogma of imbalance—that greed is good, markets are sufficient, and governments are suspect. We explore our human resourcefulness by resisting our exploitation as human resources.
- We build worthy institutions in all three sectors of society—departments in government, enterprises in business, associations in communities2—from the ground up, with widespread engagement that carries individual leadership into collective communityship.
- At the tables of public policy, we strive to replace the compromises of self-interest with the coalescing of common interest.
- We challenge the rampant corruption that is legal3 as vigorously as we expect our governments to prosecute the overt corruption that is criminal.
- Sustainable global balance requires substantial global government. We call on all democratic nations to rally for lasting peace, by containing any power that aims to dominate while holding economic globalization in its place, namely the marketplace.
These resolutions require concerted action, not by centrally orchestrated planning so much as through a groundswell of initiatives by concerned citizens the world over, to restrain our worst tendencies while encouraging our best. For the future of our planet and our progeny, this is the time to get our collective act together.
As one people indivisible under one big sky,
we pledge to defend balance in this priceless world.
1 Why two centuries? Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776, which became the model for democracy after the creation of the United States in 1789. Arguably, this model went into decline after 1989, because of a misunderstanding of what brought down the Berlin Wall in that year. Pundits in the West attributed this to the triumph of capitalism over communism, whereas the imbalance of the communist regimes of Eastern Europe in favor of public sector governments may have been the more significant cause. This misunderstanding may have been throwing the United States out of balance ever since, on the side of its private sector businesses. (See Rebalancing Society.)
2 In the 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville discussed the role of such associations in sustaining the new Democracy in America.
3 Prominent examples include donations to political campaigns that amount to bribery and pharmaceutical pricing that allows people to die for want of medicines that could be affordable as well as adequately profitable.