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Dr Robinson Rojas, London "The Project for the First People's Century" - Appeal for Signature and Circulation
by Tausch, Arno
02 October 2003 12:22 UTC
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The Project for
the First People's Century

Motivation and Declaration of Principles

On June 3, 1997 a group of self-described neo-conservatives, commonly referred 
to by now as "neo-cons," and some of their staunchest supporters have published 
online a "Statement of Principles" for their Project for the New American 
Century, also known as PNAC. In this statement they announced the following: 
"We aim to make the case and rally support for American global leadership. As 
the 20th century draws to a close, the United States stands as the world's 
preeminent power. Having led the West to victory in the Cold War, America faces 
an opportunity and a challenge: Does the United States have the vision to build 
upon the achievements of past decades? Does the United States have the resolve 
to shape a new century favourable to American principles and interests?" 

Such "American principles and interests" were first announced on February 24, 
1948, i.e., at the outset of the Cold War, by George Kennan - who was at that 
time head of U.S. State Department Planning, and a diplomat who authored the 
doctrine of "containing" the Soviet Union that determined the U.S. policy 
throughout the Cold War. A key passage of George Kennan's announcement is the 
following one (with italics added for emphasis): 

"We [Americans] have about 60 per cent of the world's wealth but only 6.3 per 
cent of its population. Our real task in the coming period (will be) to 
maintain this position of disparity. We need not deceive ourselves that we can 
afford the luxury of altruism and world benefaction ...The day is not far off 
when we are going to have to deal in straight power concepts. The less we are 
hampered then by idealistic slogans the better." 

In the intervening half-century, all the United States governments have been 
faithful to these "American principles and interests" by waging wars for 
economic and political supremacy, and by deposing via CIA subsidized coups 
legitimately elected leaders, under the pretext that they were bringing 
"freedom" and "democracy" to such countries as Guatemala and Iran in the 1950s, 
Congo in the 1960s, Chile in the 1970s, Nicaragua in the 1980s, and many 
others. However, as a rule these U.S. subsidized leaders turned out to be 
bloody dictators, who served well American multinational corporations, but 
brought only misery and suffering to their own nations. 

The men who enunciated PNAC managed to install in the year 2000 their own 
candidate in the seat of presidential power by means of an election in which 
only about 50% of the American electorate voted, and of that 50% more than half 
voted for the opposition candidate. The neo-con candidate's brother was one of 
the signatories of the PNAC Statement of Principles. At the time of that 
election he was also the governor of the state of Florida, where thousands of 
voters who had voted for the opposition candidate were disenfranchised by means 
of the crudest methods imaginable, thus securing electoral victory for his 

By such means the neo-cons and their supporters assumed power in the United 
States of America at the beginning of the present century, and immediately 
started implementing the September 2000 PNAC blueprint entitled Rebuilding 
America's Defenses: Strategy Forces and Resources for a New Century. As the 
first major test of this PNAC plan, they ignored in the year 2003 both their 
lack of a UN mandate as well as world public opinion by invading Iraq under the 
pretext of searching for weapons of mass destruction, despite the fact that UN 
weapon inspectors were regularly reporting great progress in that direction, 
and even such ultra-conservative public figures as the Pope opposed that 
military invasion. 

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, believe that the huge majority of the world's people are 
by now bitterly opposed to neo-con policies, which make a total mockery of the 
basic principles of freedom and democracy. We, therefore, propose a framework 
for true freedom and democracy, called The Project for the First People's 
Century, or PFPC, which advocates policies meant to benefit all peoples of this 
world, regardless of their race, creed, nationality, religion, or any other 
features that still divide humankind. 

The hereby advocated principles of The Project for the First People's Century 
(PFPC) are as follows: 

PFPC advocates the reform of the UN Security Council so that all its members 
should be elected by the General Assembly, and the right to veto should be 

PFPC does not recognize any nation as being in a position of "global 
leadership," but deems all nations to be equal partners, in accordance with the 
principles of the UN charter. 

PFPC advocates that all nations which possess weapons of mass destruction 
eliminate them under UN supervision, including the nation that first employed 
such weapons of mass destruction against helpless civilians in the nuclear 
bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. 

PFPC condemns any form of terrorism - whether it be the state terrorism 
consisting of bombings of other nations and the murder of their civilian 
population, or the random terrorism of underground movements that destroy 
selected civilian targets; accordingly, PFPC advocates that international 
courts should deal with all those responsible for such inhumane acts, 
regardless of their military rank or political status, as terrorists who have 
committed crimes against humanity. 

PFPC advocates that the fight against any form of terrorism be entrusted to 
special UN agencies, and that UN not allow any nation to appoint itself as an 
international policeman in order to advance its own political and economic 

PFPC maintains that all women and men have the equal and inalienable right of 
enjoying in a sustainable way the natural wealth offered by the planet Earth, 
and of enjoying the material wealth generated by the toil of countless human 
generations, which have brought humankind to the present technologically 
advanced point in its historic development. 

PFPC advocates a worldwide system of participatory democracy, in which all 
major political and economic decisions would be made at grass- root levels, 
thus dispensing with corrupt politicians and business executives, as well as 
with other exploiters of the labour of hardworking women and men. 

PFPC advocates the maximum amount of freedom of the individual as long as the 
exercise of that freedom does not involve harming other members of society 
through physical violence, psychological coercion, economic exploitation, or 
environmental degradation. 

PFPC anticipates a future in which all national and class distinctions shall 
vanish, and humankind will enjoy a better world in which every single child, 
youth, woman and man will be able to realize her or his potential as a human 
being to the fullest extent possible.

14th May, 2003


Róbinson Rojas, PFPC Director, Co-editor of RRojas Databank and Puro Chile. The 
memory of the People.- UCL, University of London, U. K.

Stéphanie Saumon, Co-editor of RRojas Databank and Puro Chile. The memory of 
the people.- School of Oriental and African Studies, London, U.K.

Ernesto Carmona, Journalist, Editorial LA HUELLA, Santiago, Chile 

Eduard Prugovecki, Professor Emeritus, University of Toronto, Canada

Dale L. Johnson, Professor of Social Sciences, Institute of Central American 
Development Studies, San José, Costa Rica

Andre Gunder Frank, World History Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA., 

David N. Gibbs, Associate Professor of History, Associate Professor of 
Political Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, U.S.A.

Susan L. Robertson, EGSE, GENIE -Globalisation & Europeanisation Network in 
Education, University of Bristol, U. K.

Arno Tausch, Associate Visiting Professor, University of Innsbruck, Austria

Jenneth Parker, Education for Sustainability Programme, London South Bank 
University, U. K.

W. Warren Wagar, Binghamton University, SUNY, New York, U.S.A.

Seyed Javad, University of Bristol, U. K.

Rolf Jucker, University of Wales, Swansea, U. K.

Glen Strachan, EFSP, London South Bank University, London, U. K.

David Woolcombe, Herts, U. K.

Ruth Mumby, EFSP, London South Bank University, U. K.

Chanzo Greenidge, Institute of International Relations, U. K.

Andy Parnell, MSc, Environmental Activist & Deep Ecologist, U. K.

Anthony Mckeown, NASPIR, U. K.

Ronald Barnett, Professor, Institute of Education, London, U. K. 

Alex Bick, London School of Economics, U. K.

Yasmine Merican, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Martin Schreader, Chair, Democracy Commission, Socialist Party USA

Nouria Brikci, School of Oriental and African Studies, UK

Patricio Arenas, Asociacion Allende Convocatoria 30 Aniversario, Saint-Denis, 

Steve Detofsky, Philadelphia, USA

José Acevedo, Educador deportivo y responsable de una asociación humanitaria 
hacia la América latina, Chatillon, France

Gernot Köhler, Ph.D., Sheridan College, Canada (ret.)

Jonathan De Vore, Miami University, Ohio, U.S.A.

Antonio Borja Gonzalez, Asesor financiero, Viña del Mar, Chile

Rodney B- Frazer, BA (Hons), M.Sc., London, U.K.

Natalia Contreras, Analista Politico y Documentalista, Santiago, Chile

Cástulo Martinez, Escritor-Investigador , Arica, Chile

Sergio R. Anacona, Translator , Barquisimeto, Rep. Bolivariana de Venezuela

Tom Cheesman, Swansea Bay Asylum Seekers Support Group , Swansea, UK

Ros Wade, Education for Sustainability Programme, London South Bank University, 
U. K.

Claudio Ferrufino, Escritor, Colorado, U.S.A. 

Laura Saez Fernandez, traductora, Vigo, Galicia 

Sari Varpama, MSc, Helsinki, Finland 

Rosemin Rajmudin, Consultant: development, global &antiracism education, 
London, U. K.

Ian Parkin, Teacher, London, U. K.

Mario Novelli, Centre for Studies of Globalisation, Education and Societies, 
University of Bristol, England

Stephen Sterling, EFSP, LSBU, London, U.K.

Robley E. George, Center for the Study of Democratic Societies, California, 

Alison Edgley, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University of 
Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K. 

Christian P. Scherrer, Professor at the Hiroshima Peace Institute (HPI) of 
Hiroshima City University, Japan

Guillermo Fuica Venegas, Técnico, Coronel, Chile

María Hidalgo Múgica, Coordinadora de Comités y Tiendas de Voluntariado, Sede 
de Madrid, España

Raúl Gutiérrez, Productor Artístico, Santiago, Chile 

Abdul Malik, LSBU, London, U.K. 

Anibal Quijano , Centro de Investigaciones Sociales (CIE), Lima, Peru

Hugh Atkinson, Principal Lecturer in Politics, LSBU, London, U.K.

Mercedes Zaldumbide Araya, London, U.K.

Miguel Ardiles, civil servant, London, U.K.

Marisol Rojas Zaldumbide, Customer Services Unit, London, U.K.

Paula Rubilar Cifuentes, estudiante, Coronel, Chile

Daniela Manske , Human Rights Activist, London, U.K.

Alejandra Rojas Zaldumbide , manageress, London, U.K.

Rachel Pantin , musician, London, U.K.

Mabel Conejero Valencia, Coronel, Chile

Joaquin Ardiles Rojas, Student, London, U.K.

Adolfo Ibáñez Justicia, Ingeniero de Montes, Valencia, España

Veronica Caro Garcia, Educadora Especializada, Chatillon, France

Enzo Acevedo, estudiante, Chatillon, France

Tim Jones, Austin, Texas, U.S.A.

Mirella Suarez, Virginia, USA

Ricardo Gómez, Ingeniero Industrial, Madrid, España

Maite Rojas Zaldumbide, London, U.K.

Mauricio Venegas Astorga, músico-compositor, London, U.K.

Kathleen Tripp, teacher, London, U.K.

Nelson Delgado González, Técnico Universitario en Mecánica, Coronel, Chile

Manuel Venegas Astorga, Trabajador Independiente, Lota, Chile

Juana Venegas Victoriano, Coronel, Chile

Eliana Astorga Paz, Coronel, Chile

María Angélica Venegas Astorga, Coronel, Chile

Charlie Williams, student, Edinburgh, Scotland

Jorge Peña Cifuentes, estudiante, Coronel, Chile

Carlos Pinto Vidal, Ingeniero Mecánico, Trabajador Independiente, Santiago, 

Ozgur Tacer, MA Student, Sociology, METU, Ankara, Turkey

Julio Dávila, UCL, DPU, University of London, London, U.K.

Theodore Stickley, Faculty of Medicine and Health Science, University of 
Nottingham, Nottingham, U.K. 

Gloria Ximena Rojas Zaldumbide, Ibiza, España

María Rosa Suárez Fernández, Ibiza, España

Margaret Rachelle Loveys, retired CBC Talent Resource Manager, Toronto, Canada

Dianne Puddicombe, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Beverley Parker, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Annie Seguin Aplanalp, enseignante, Bienne, Suisse

Isabelle Seguin, Paris, France

Jean-Louis Seguin, Agriculteur, Missery, France

Sabela Fernández Davila, Traductora, Vigo, Galicia

Roberto Ares Río, Músico, Vigo, Galicia

Consuelo Davila Lorenzo, Maestra, Vigo, Galicia. 

Carlos Alzugaray Treto, Profesor Titular, Coordinador de Estudios Estratégicos 
Internacionales, Instituto Superior de Relaciones Internacionales, Ministerio 
de Relaciones Exteriores, La Habana, Cuba

María Vázquez, socióloga, Sheffield, U.K.

Virginia Kennard, San José, Costa Rica

Sean Hurl, Adult literacy worker, Paisley, Scotland.

Craig Ramsey, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Naomi Alflatt, London, U.K.

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        Arno Tausch 
        academic homepage http://www.mylitsearch.org/mbrx/PT/99/MBR/10134373

        Academic nternet publications on international social politics and the 
world system

        (1998a) 'Transnational Integration and National Disintegration.' 
Electronic publication at the World Systems Archive Working Paper Series 
(Coordinator: Christopher K. Chase-Dunn, University of California, Riverside)
        (1998b) 'Globalization and European Integration' Electronic book 
publication at the World Systems Archive (Coordinator: Christopher K. 
Chase-Dunn, University of California, Riverside)
        (2001b) 'Sozial- und gesundheitspolitische Aspekte der EU-Erweiterung' 
Band 48, Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für europäische Studien, Jean Monnet 
Lehrstuhl für europäische Studien, Universität Trier
        (a short summary also appeared in Focus Europa. Journal zur Erweiterung 
der EU, Institut für den Donauraum, Wien: 
        (2001c) The European Union: global challenge or global governance? 14 
world system hypotheses and two scenarios on the future of the Union Band 49, 
Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für europäische Studien, Jean Monnet Lehrstuhl für 
europäische Studien, Universität Trier
        (2002) 'Evropeiskii Sojus i budushaja mirovaja sistema" in Evropa, 
2(3), 2002: 23 - 62, Warsaw, Polish Institute for International Affairs (in 
Russian language)
        (2003) Für ein gemeinsames EURuropa. Argumente aus der Sicht des 
"Globalen Keynesianismus". Studien von Zeitfragen, 37. Jahrgang, 
Internet-Ausgabe 2003.
        (2003) "Die Türkei, die islamische Welt und die Zukunft Europas. Ein 
Lehrstück zur US-Außenpolitik im 21. Jahrhundert". Studien von Zeitfragen, 37. 
Jahrgang, Internet-Ausgabe 2003.
        (2003) "Social Cohesion, Sustainable Development and Turkey's Accession 
to the European Union". Alternatives: Turkish Journal of International 
Relations, 2, 1, Spring
        (2003) "Stolpert Europa auf dem Weg zur Spitze?" Studien von 
Zeitfragen, 37. Jahrgang, Internet-Ausgabe 2003.


        Dr. Arno TAUSCH
        I/C/EUI/12 Federal Ministry of Social Security, Generations and 
Consumer Protection
        A-1010 Vienna,  Stubenring 1
        Republic of Austria
        Tel. (++43 - 1) 711 - 00 - 2272
        e-mail: Arno.Tausch@BMSG.gv.at

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