Welcome! The World Revolution is an idea for a new, global activist social movement for progressive social change. It aims to resolve in a definitive and comprehensive manner the major social problems of our world and our era.  Major issue areas of the World Revolution include: peace, human rights, the environment, and world poverty.

Introduction & Overview

The World Revolution is an ambitious, yet necessary and desirable, idea for a new, global grassroots social movement for progressive social change. It aims to resolve in a definitive and comprehensive manner the major social problems of our world and our era.

The World Revolution is intended to be a large-scale, mass social movement, involving large numbers of people, and international in scope.  It is also intended to be a long-term, yet urgent social movement.  A tentative time-frame for the WR is 15-25 years.

There are four broad 'issue areas' of the WR: 'Peace', Human Rights, Environment, and Development.

The World Revolution is intended to be a primarily peaceful and nonviolent revolution, based on nonviolent activism, organizing and advocacy.

A major aspect of the WR is an attempt to unify both the various organizations as well as individuals throughout the world that are working for global justice.

The WR is intended to be a free and open social movement, and not a formal, official organization.  It is intended to be fully democratic, decentralized and non-hierarchical in its structure and decision-making.

Types of activity and activism envisioned by the World Revolution include: protests, public education, media activism, civil disobedience, direct action, and other traditional as well as new, innovative forms of activism, advocacy, campaigning and protest.

It is envisioned that the WR would be organized into 'local WR groups' or 'project groups', which would form the main organizational structure and nucleus of activity of the World Revolution.  

The World Revolution would have a comprehensive, multi-issue agenda of issues of concern and policy objectives on global issues, providing the main basis for advocacy and activism.  An agenda would be a comprehensive set of policy objectives that the World Revolution aims to achieve.

An important part of the World Revolution will also be to conduct full research and analysis on various global issues of concern, and which will provide a basis for arriving at concrete and specific policy objectives which the WR will aim to advocate.

Another important part of the World Revolution will be to explore, posit, and pursue new alternatives to existing social, political, and economic systems, structures and institutions.  

The rationale for the World Revolution includes the following points:  the state of the world and the scale and nature of the world's problems demands a full response; and the need for more unification and intensification of efforts to solve the world's most serious and pervasive problems.  

Viva la revoluciĆ³n!

Brief Introduction & Overview
Introducing the World Revolution
Overview and Basic Elements of the WR
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Supporting Literature & Related Articles

Building the City of Man: Outlines of a World Civilization
by W. Warren Wagar
This book was the original source of inspiration for the idea of the World Revolution.  It was written in 1971 by Warren Wagar, who was a Distinguished Teaching Professor of history and future studies at SUNY Binghamton (State University of New York).  Please note that the World Revolution is not meant to follow all the points of this book.

Resurrect the R-Word
by Michael Albert
Article calling for the resurrection of the R-word, "revolution", written by Michael Albert of Z Magazine/ZNet.  The full article talks mainly about issues relating to the United States.

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GLOBALISSUES.NET  - Guide to Global Issues



Rationale: The State of the World

The World Revolution aims to address the full range of global issues and problems, and the need for such a global movement is based upon the current state of the world.

Here is a preliminary overview of global issues, covering four broad issue areas: poverty & development; war & conflict; the environment; and human rights & social justice.

Brief Version
Full Version
Full Overview of Global Issues (PDF Format)

Global Poverty:  1 billion people live in 'extreme poverty' and 2 billion people live in 'poverty'.  17 million people die every year from easily preventable causes, of which 11 million are children - that is 30,000 children dying each day from hunger and preventable diseases.  800 million people are hungry.  1 billion people do not have access to clean water and 2 billion do have proper sanitation.  The world's richest 1% of people earn as much combined annual income as the bottom 57%.

War & Conflict:  5 million people have died in the wars of the past decade - 3 out of 4 casualties in modern war are civilians.  25 million people have died in wars since .  The world spends over $800 billion annual on military.  There are over 20,000 nuclear weapons in the world.

Environment:  Half the world's original forests have been destroyed.  20% of mammals species are threatened with extinction.  1 billion people are threatened with desertification and land degradation

Human Rights:  Women account for 70% of the world's poor.  50% of the world's people do not live in democracies.

The WR Agenda (Objectives)

The World Revolution Agenda is a comprehensive set of concrete global policy objectives - it outlines the major issues and the major policy  The World Revolution Agenda is organized into four main sections:  Peace, Human Rights, Environment, and Development.

There are currently 3 different versions of the World Revolution Agenda:

1.  Full Version (Descriptions of Issues plus policy objectives with descriptions)
2.  Policy Objectives Only with Descriptions
3.  Brief version with only Policy Objectives

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