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THE EVOLUTION OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
By A Melchizedek of Nebadon
Dec 26, 2010 - 6:41:11 PM

This is from UB paper 71 Development of the State. It was posted to the forum today. This was given around 1934 to this planet and we have achieved virtually NONE of it. We may claim to have the executive, legislative and Judicial branches in the US of A, but it's a corrupt farce. We have gone backwards, not forwards since that time. I posted this to my UB thread which I have not attended lately on GLP http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1252682/pg1 Contributions to the thread are welcome from the UB. I have also started a thread for the PJ's.  Selections from the Phoenix Journals.

 

Please seriously ponder the material in this post, and compare it to whichever country you are from.  That first bolded portion I made in it, is totally what we have created. A Republic as we define it on this planet is the ideal, because the citizens actually control it. That was intended for the US of A, but it faltered over time and the Melchizedek who wrote this was giving warning here I suggest

2. THE EVOLUTION OF REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT
[71:2.1] Democracy, while an ideal, is a product of civilization, not of evolution. Go slowly! select carefully! for the dangers of democracy are

Glorification of mediocrity.
Choice of base and ignorant rulers.
Failure to recognize the basic facts of social evolution.
Danger of universal suffrage in the hands of uneducated and indolent majorities.
Slavery to public opinion; the majority is not always right.

[71:2.2] Public opinion, common opinion, has always delayed society; nevertheless, it is valuable, for, while retarding social evolution, it does preserve civilization. Education of public opinion is the only safe and true method of accelerating civilization; force is only a temporary expedient, and cultural growth will increasingly accelerate as bullets give way to ballots. Public opinion, the mores, is the basic and elemental energy in social evolution and state development, but to be of state value it must be nonviolent in expression.

[71:2.3] The measure of the advance of society is directly determined by the degree to which public opinion can control personal behavior and state regulation through nonviolent expression. The really civilized government had arrived when public opinion was clothed with the powers of personal franchise. Popular elections may not always decide things rightly, but they represent the right way even to do a wrong thing. Evolution does not at once produce superlative perfection but rather comparative and advancing practical adjustment.

[71:2.4] There are ten steps, or stages, to the evolution of a practical and efficient form of representative government, and these are:
[71:2.5] 1. Freedom of the person. Slavery, serfdom, and all forms of human bondage must disappear.
[71:2.6] 2. Freedom of the mind. Unless a free people are educated—taught to think intelligently and plan wisely—freedom usually does more harm than good.
[71:2.7] 3. The reign of law. Liberty can be enjoyed only when the will and whims of human rulers are replaced by legislative enactments in accordance with accepted fundamental law.
[71:2.8] 4. Freedom of speech. Representative government is unthinkable without freedom of all forms of expression for human aspirations and opinions.
[71:2.9] 5. Security of property. No government can long endure if it fails to provide for the right to enjoy personal property in some form. Man craves the right to use, control, bestow, sell, lease, and bequeath his personal property.
[71:2.10] 6. The right of petition. Representative government assumes the right of citizens to be heard. The privilege of petition is inherent in free citizenship.
[71:2.11] 7. The right to rule. It is not enough to be heard; the power of petition must progress to the actual management of the government.
[71:2.12] 8. Universal suffrage. Representative government presupposes an intelligent, efficient, and universal electorate. The character of such a government will ever be determined by the character and caliber of those who compose it. As civilization progresses, suffrage, while remaining universal for both sexes, will be effectively modified, regrouped, and otherwise differentiated.
[71:2.13] 9. Control of public servants. No civil government will be serviceable and effective unless the citizenry possess and use wise techniques of guiding and controlling officeholders and public servants.
[71:2.14] 10. Intelligent and trained representation. The survival of democracy is dependent on successful representative government; and that is conditioned upon the practice of electing to public offices only those individuals who are technically trained, intellectually competent, socially loyal, and morally fit. Only by such provisions can government of the people, by the people, and for the people be preserved.

8. THE CHARACTER OF STATEHOOD

[71:8.1] The only sacred feature of any human government is the division of statehood into the three domains of executive, legislative, and judicial functions. The universe is administered in accordance with such a plan of segregation of functions and authority. Aside from this divine concept of effective social regulation or civil government, it matters little what form of state a people may elect to have provided the citizenry is ever progressing toward the goal of augmented self-control and increased social service. The intellectual keenness, economic wisdom, social cleverness, and moral stamina of a people are all faithfully reflected in statehood.

[71:8.2] The evolution of statehood entails progress from level to level, as follows:

[71:8.3] 1. The creation of a threefold government of executive, legislative, and judicial branches.
[71:8.4] 2. The freedom of social, political, and religious activities.
[71:8.5] 3. The abolition of all forms of slavery and human bondage.
[71:8.6] 4. The ability of the citizenry to control the levying of taxes.
[71:8.7] 5. The establishment of universal education—learning extended from the cradle to the grave.
[71:8.8] 6. The proper adjustment between local and national governments.
[71:8.9] 7. The fostering of science and the conquest of disease.
[71:8.10] 8. The due recognition of sex equality and the co-ordinated functioning of men and women in the home, school, and church, with specialized service of women in industry and government.
[71:8.11] 9. The elimination of toiling slavery by machine invention and the subsequent mastery of the machine age.
[71:8.12] 10. The conquest of dialects—the triumph of a universal language.
[71:8.13] 11. The ending of war—international adjudication of national and racial differences by continental courts of nations presided over by a supreme planetary tribunal automatically recruited from the periodically retiring heads of the continental courts. The continental courts are authoritative; the world court is advisory -- moral.
[71:8.14] 12. The world-wide vogue of the pursuit of wisdom -- the exaltation of philosophy. The evolution of a world religion, which will presage the entrance of the planet upon the earlier phases of settlement in light and life.
[71:8.15] These are the prerequisites of progressive government and the earmarks of ideal statehood. Urantia is far from the realization of these exalted ideals, but the civilized races have made a beginning—mankind is on the march toward higher evolutionary destinies.
[71:8.16] [Sponsored by a Melchizedek of Nebadon.]


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