Published on Online Journal, by Ken Craggs, July 24, 2009.
In my previous article ‘Brave new world for reticent fools,’ I mentioned that the book ‘Union Now’ by Clarence K. Streit, was published in 1939, as a proposal to unite the world’s leading democratic nations into a federal union. A concise edition of ‘Union Now’ was published in 1940. And in 1961, the book Freedom’s Frontier – Atlantic Union Now by Clarence K. Streit was published, in the light of the world changes since 1939 – Chapter 10 is entitled, ‘Union Now, the U.N. and World Government.’
The book ‘Union Now’ is where the Bretton Woods Conference, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, the European Union and a whole host of other initiatives seem to have sprung from. This begs the question, how many leading lights in politics, commerce, economics, finance, military, media, and science can be linked to the Streit Council and the plans for world government proposed by Clarence Streit?
According to information found on the web, the Streit Council only has up to eight employees, but quite a few board members and other associates. The current president of the Streit Council is Dr. Richard C. Henry.
The official website of the Streit Council states, “The world’s established democracies still have – as when Union Now was published – the greatest power and influence in the world when working together. As citizens of these democracies we continue to bear great responsibilities: to strengthen our joint institutions and thus stabilize the international system – to promote common human concerns more effectively and consistently, at both regional and global levels.”
And that, “Since C. K. Streit wrote Union Now, the established democracies have indeed developed substantial institutions for managing their common affairs and meeting their responsibilities in the world at large. The post-war U.S. strategy of integrating an initial group of democratic countries led, as we know, to the institutionalization of the Atlantic Alliance through NATO and its Parliamentary Assembly, and to support for other emerging inter-democracy institutions, such as the OECD, EU, International Energy Agency, G8, and others. These institutions, in keeping with the Union Now concept, worked as a magnet, attracting other countries to democratize and join.”
In the 2007 autumn issue of the Streit Council journal “Freedom and Union,” Jim Costa, a member of the US Congress and also a member of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN) advisory group, affirmed the target date of 2015 for the creation of a Transatlantic Common Market. The TPN is a non-governmental organisation with headquarters in Washington and Brussels and is advised by the bi-partisan congressional TPN policy group, chaired by Senator Robert Bennett … (full long text).