Orion Digest №28 — A Summary of ESF Theory

Three theories I have introduced through previous issues — the path to world federation through coordinated revolution, hybrid-planned economic structure, and de-escalation policy for environmental revitalization — all compose what we would call the main ideology of Orion — eco-socialist federalist theory, or ESF theory for short. Knowledge of the Tenets is important to understand the purpose of eco-socialist federation, but ESF theory comprises the specific direction that we believe would most effectively allow us to reach a higher level of societal development.

In summary, ESF theory proposes the creation of a international world government, democratically run through the integration of member states, and governed through political requirements for membership that ensures the protection of federation citizens. Part of these requirements would be the integration of government registered businesses in an annually reviewed market, as well as government welfare programs to provide, at minimum, suitable living conditions for the unemployed or impoverished. These two systems would be ran in conjunction by the world government to promote development in areas of the world with extreme poverty as well as a de-escalation of unsustainable industry to allow for ecological regrowth.

Unlike previous forms of international organization, the world federation would not be created by the congregation of nations, but would rather be established and accept the entry of new nations one by one, as to set down the fundamental requirements and conditions of such a government and have future members change accordingly. The crisis we face cannot be solved by compromise and accommodation alone; such policy has resulted in a century of the most brutal wars in human history. The federal government would be founded by a set of starting nations that agreed to the necessary terms, and membership would be offered to all other nations that agreed to the outlined principles of human rights and adopted some form of welfare economy accountable to both the regional and worldwide government in times of need.

This accountability would consist of government ownership of production resources, which would be available upon registration and application for public use by private companies, in exchange for the ability of the government to make adjustments to business funding and resource usage as necessary. Any citizen of a member state could start their own democratically run business as long as it met government workplace regulations, once again to ensure the protection of citizens, and would receive basic annual funding. Any citizen could find either private or government work or be compensated for unavailability, in order to maintain suitable living conditions no matter their economic situation. Profits from the market would be divided amongst taxes used to continue funding businesses as well as livable wages for the employees, with the division of labor and corresponding wages democratically chosen by workplace organization, rather than traditional commanding hierarchies.

However, the resources and direction of economy, in times of crisis, could be managed by the world government for relief and rebuilding of areas of the world, or for de-escalation to reduce unnecessary emissions, as part of the long term goal of revitalizing our world’s environment. While the governments of the member states would provide regional management as they have always done, the role of adjusting and combating international crises like natural disasters would fall to a higher democratic authority, and would have greater power than the UN to effectively address the damages. With the growing climate crisis on the horizon, we don’t have time for the corporate dominated world to decide to change, for when they finally realize we’re at death’s door, the seeds we plant will have no more time to grow.

This international organization is not just a tool against climate change; it is a means of preventing the international conflict which human society has become so accustomed to due to our inability to come to a diplomatic coexistence. Our lack of trust in the world around us keeps us at constant war, as well as the nationalistic tendencies of modern national governments, whose concerns are becoming more and more distant from those of their citizens. Providing the citizens of Earth with a separate level of representation directly within the world federal government would allow them to bypass their state governments and have more of a voice in world politics. Integration of nations themselves into one cohesive framework would prevent the need for expression of interests through warfare, as such a federation would have the ability to meet the resource needs of any nation — in the case of smaller and regional crises, both government and people could bid for assistance in a diplomatic manner.

ESF structure has at its foremost interest and focus the people of the world, and thus its mechanisms are to create a society that benefits and serves the citizen, allowing them to make a living with minimal effort and have input into society at every level. Federation ensures that the world is managed in a civilized and publicly accountable way, HPE socialism ensures that the means of production are publicly accessible and that production still suits the interest of the people, and environmental policy is necessary for the long term survival of not just humanity, but all life on Earth. Each aspect of the system serves a different need, but at the same time, they all function together — environmental de-escalation requires the redistribution and usage of worldwide resources, HPE requires international infrastructure to be implemented and managed, and world federation will be ineffective without the standardization of both.

Once environmental needs are met, we can look to the stars, and continue humanity’s great search for knowledge on other planets, not fighting to see who gets their first, but travelling forth as one people. But until then, we need to be united, we need to be accountable, and we need to be working actively towards a better and greener world.