3 – Universal Union Proposal

Chapter 10—Universal Union

It is unrealistic to believe that every person in the world is willing to swear allegiance to the principles enshrined in the American Declaration of Independence. Until that day comes, we, the people of the world, must live in our separate and equal stations. An omnipotent world state is neither achievable nor desirable. Overtime, a ruling class would usurp power and use federalist principles to impose its will on the people. The late Rudy J. Rummel proved empirically that power kills.[1]

The case against a world state does not imply that we cannot forge a capitalist peace that respects cultural coexistence and mutual prosperity. The realization of peace and prosperity will ultimately depend on decentralizing power and an international focus on protecting the economic rights of sovereign individuals rather than independent nations. A post-Trump world order must emulate the spirit of federalism.

I propose that the American people endorse the establishment of a Universal Union (UniversalU) designed to decentralize power and foster a capitalist peace. President Trump has already disavowed political and cultural imperialism. He must codify the principle of nonintervention if he expects it to survive after he leaves office.

To decentralize power and regulate interventionism, a UniversalU would establish—

  • a sound, universal monetary order (SUMO);
  • a universal anti-ballistic missile defense (UABMD) system;
  • a universal decentralized defense (UDD) posture; and
  • a Universal House of Consent (UHC).

Sound, Universal Monetary Order (SUMO)

A SUMO implies the creation of a world gold standard to facilitate international trade. Proponents of the Atlantic Union idea endorsed the concept of restoring the gold standard in the 1970s. Regional gold standards have been proposed for the African Union as well. More recently, Russian President Putin invited the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) to explore the concept to challenge the dominance of the U.S. dollar. Within the United States, the concept of returning to the gold standard has been advanced by Ron Paul and the Mises Institute.

A sound, universal monetary order would prevent nations from using fiat currency as an instrument of foreign economic policy. If you recall, this practice was scrutinized by the NATO PA in 2010. World trade demands a sound currency that ruling class factions cannot manipulate for their own benefit. A gold standard can unite the world, decentralize monetary power, and inspire a capitalist peace that respects cultural coexistence and mutual prosperity.

I hereby call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to explore the strengths and weaknesses of adopting a sound, universal monetary order as an alternative to the International Monetary Fund. Whereas national and regional gold standards may be compromised, a universal application could usher in a new era of monetary stability to facilitate world trade. The NATO PA conceded that monetary instability is major threat to Western civilization. It is time to explore an alternative to the remnants of Bretton Woods.

Universal Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense (UABMD) System

While President Putin suggested in 2017 that we work toward the elimination of nuclear weapons, I propose that we seek to reduce our reliance on them instead. Mutually-assured destruction (MAD) is a major deterrent to world war. Eliminating nuclear weapons would exponentially increase the probability of war unless all nations pursued general and complete disarmament under an omnipotent world state. This is not an option. We must revitalize Reagan’s strategic defense initiative.

A UABMD system must be developed and deployed to reduce threats from rogue nations before discussions of nuclear disarmament can resume. In November of 1967, Dr. Edward Teller, a pioneer of the hydrogen bomb and a proponent of Atlantic Union, proposed the development of a transatlantic ABM system. President Reagan took his idea to space. President George H. W. Bush and Russian President Boris Yeltsin pursued a joint ABM initiative in the 1990s until President Clinton disbanded the project and rekindled the Cold War.

I hereby call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to explore the idea of a universal anti-ballistic missile defense system developed and deployed jointly with other NATO nations and the Russian Federation. There already is a precedent for a joint U.S.-Russia ABM initiative. Such a system must be developed and deployed before nuclear weapon stockpiles can be strategically and safely reduced.

Universal Decentralized Defense (UDD) System

Standing armies push nations toward the edge of war and economic ruin. In 1787, America’s Founding Fathers opted for a militia-based system augmented by a right to bear arms as an alternative to a standing army. After the United Stated pursued free trade imperialism in the 20th century, internationalists convinced Americans to place their faith in standing armies. It ultimately led to democratic war.

It is time for the world to decentralize their armies. I propose that all nations agree to reform their defense posture. Only twenty-five percent of a nation’s military roster should serve on active duty. All nations would agree to make said forces available to the United Nations Security Council in accordance with Article 43 of the Charter.

The remaining forces would serve in a reserve, or individual ready reserve (IRR), capacity. The size of national reserve forces would significantly increase. All eligible citizens would be required to complete basic military training in high school and serve in the IRR. Martial readiness at the local level will deter foreign aggression and domestic tyranny.

I hereby call on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to explore the concept of a universal decentralized defense (UDD) system. Under such as defense posture, national defense would be focused on defense, not foreign intervention and aggression. UDD would have a social benefit as well. It would give the youth of the world a new sense of national and international purpose as well as provide on-the-job training opportunities.

Universal House of Consent (UHC) 

The House of Consent would be a representational body with advisory and consent powers under the World Trade Organization (WTO). It would be like the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, but under the auspices of the WTO. It would not have the power to legislate, but it would have the power to block trade policies negotiated by executive departments using an agreed upon voting process.

The overall goal of the House of Consent would be to increase the standard of living and purchasing power in the developing world. It would encourage free market solutions to labor and environmental problems as well. It would usher in a new era of globalization with representation, checks, and balances. No longer would globalists hold a monopoly on economic power.

Time to Explore

President Trump is in a unique position to inspire a 21st century standard of living for the American people. National leaders around the world could do the same for their respective citizens under a UniversalU. Russian President Putin has already signaled his willingness to establish a multipolar world order. It is time for Trump to make American greater than before by make the world better than ever.

A UniversalU could be achieved using the treatymaking power. It would not conflict with the Constitution of the United States. It would not undermine national sovereignty. The United States Congress would restore its constitutional duty “to coin Money, regulate the Value thereof, and of foreign Coin.” The United States Congress would maintain its right to “provide for the common Defense.”

Furthermore, a UniversalU would not require radical changes to the United Nations Security Council or the World Trade Organization. The UN Charter would simply be implemented as ratified by the Senate, and the WTO would simply add a House of Consent the same way NATO created a North Atlantic Assembly.

Universal Union Committee (UUC)

For readers interested in taking the above ideas to the United States Senate, join the Universal Union Committee. The goal of the UUC is to convince the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations to hold nation-wide hearings on the Universal Union idea—and other world order strategies. Please email rbiondi@universalu.org if you are interested in making America better than before by forging a capitalist peace that respects cultural coexistence and mutual prosperity. It is time to bring conservative principles to the international area!

[1] http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills