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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?
....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....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.
In the 2007 autumn issue of the Streit Council journal "Freedom and Union," Jim Costa, 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.
Jim Costa said, “the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC) is tasked with creating the Transatlantic Common Market regulatory infrastructure. The infrastructure would not require congressional approval, like a new free-trade agreement would.”
Writing in the same issue of Freedom and Union, Senator Robert Bennett also confirmed that what has become known as the "Merkel initiative" would allow the Transatlantic Economic Council to integrate and harmonize administrative rules and regulations between the U.S. and the EU "in a very quiet way," without introducing a new free trade agreement to Congress.
Senator Robert Bennet seems to be suggesting that any of the regulatory changes resulting from the process of integration with the EU will not be posted in the Federal Register or submitted to Congress as new free-trade agreements or as modifications to existing trade agreements.
What We Are
Formed in 2004, the Streit Council continues and advances the core mission of Federal Union and the Association to Unite the Democracies. We are an independent, non-partisan, non-profit incorporated 501(c)(3) organization. We promote the goal of a Union of Democracies primarily through research and education, fostering public discourse and awareness. We sponsor conferences, workshops, research projects, policy-networks.
The Streit Council for a Union of Democracies works toward better-organized and stable cooperation among the experienced democracies as the key for more effective U.S. engagement in world affairs. A non partisan independent organization, it carries into the twenty-first century the traditions and principles which gave rise to the Federal Union movement. It builds on transatlantic and other inter-democracy institutions, supporting their treaty commitments to grow into ever wider membership and deeper integration, and their underlying vision rooted in democratic federalism.It does this principally by promoting research and education, and facilitating public discourse and awareness on democracy, federalism, Atlanticism, and the organization of inter-democracy relations.
We envision a future in which insecurity and want have been eradicated, and people’s freedom enhanced and extended beyond current borders. We believe that the world’s established democracies bear the responsibility to preserve and – where necessary – create effective, legitimate and accountable institutional frameworks to promote these goals at the global level. We believe in the interlocking principles of freedom and union as the basis without which democracy promotion, peace and prosperity cannot be sustained in an interdependent world, and that these principles need to underpin the evolution of international institutions. We believe that the time has arrived for the peoples of the established democracies to develop measures of joint decision-making among themselves and overcome the democratic deficit affecting their relations and interdependence. We are convinced that in a democratic world effective multilateralism can ultimately be achieved through a federal union of the established democracies, acting as a nucleus open to gradual universal inclusiveness.
What we work for
We work to enhance freedom, security, and peace through a union of democracies, and cooperation with all countries whenever feasible. We believe that any qualitative step forward in political evolution needs to be based upon the interlocking principles of freedom and union at both the national and the international levels. We believe in effective multilateralism. The world’s established democracies when working together are the global motor, enabling global institutions to be effective; when they disagree they become the global brake. As citizens of these democracies we continue to bear great responsibilities: to provide coherent global leadership, to strengthen our joint institutions and stabilize the international system – thus promoting common human concerns more effectively and consistently, at both regional and global levels. Building on the conception elaborated by Federal Union in 1939, we perceive two main interlocking levels of international organizational development: the inter-democracy level expressed in the growth of the Atlantic system of institutions ever since the Marshall Plan, and the global level expressed in the growth of the UN system. These two levels are both critically important in global affairs, and the future of global management depends largely on the extent to which they work together. Our original 1939 conception has shown renewed relevance since the end of the Cold War, with the increasing cooperation between the Atlantic and global levels, starting in the spheres of economic reform and democratic culture, and coming to include a hitherto unimaginable UN-NATO collaboration on peacekeeping and security. The long-held goal of internationalists –strengthening international organization and the structure of peace – translates today into a three-fold task: strengthening the institutions on the Atlantic and the global levels and enhancing their cooperation.