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Dr. Glen T. Martin: visionary, futurist, political critic and activist, and tireless advocate for Earth Federation under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

 

Brief bio

Glen T. Martin, after an undergraduate major in Philosophy at SUNY Buffalo, received his M.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College of City University of New York (CUNY) and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Graduate Center of CUNY.  For 36 years Martin has been Professor of Philosophy at Radford University in Virginia, USA. He is the founder and Chair Emeritus of the Program in Peace Studies at Radford University. He is President of International Philosophers for Peace (IPPNO), President of the World Constitution and Parliament Association (WCPA), and Executive Director of the Earth Constitution Institute (ECI), the last two are worldwide organizations promoting the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.  

Martin has traveled worldwide and lectured in over 40 countries on behalf of the Earth Constitution and the philosophical foundations of emerging world law, as well as on behalf of WCPA projects such as sessions of the Provisional World Parliament and the development of a World Court System. Born on 21 January 1944, he was in college during the late 1960s when the U.S. government was drafting young people into its imperial military machine. Martin declared himself a conscientious objector and refused to participate in any organization dedicated to war, which he considers to be just another form of murder. Martin has long been a critic and resister of the dominant world system of capitalism integrated within a political organization of militarized sovereign nation-states.

His work is about paradigm-shift, transformation, metanoia.  In his books and articles, he has elaborated an alternative world federalist vision of a planet characterized by peace with justice and sustainability under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth. As a philosopher, he has also articulated the philosophical foundations of democratic world law. He is a widely recognized advocate of conscious evolution and human spiritual growth. He has received several international peace awards, including the GUSI Peace Prize International in Manila, Philippines, 2013.

He has published hundreds of articles in popular as well as professional venues on the topics of freedom, peace, justice, human rights, paradigm-shift, spiritual growth, and ecological sustainability. Martin is author or editor of twelve books, including his well-known book, Millennium Dawn: the Philosophy of Planetary Crisis and Human Liberation (2005) and his latest book, The Earth Constitution Solution: Design for a Living Planet (2021). This book explores and defines the necessary conditions for human survival and flourishing in the face of on-going climate collapse. The central Earth Constitution Institute website is www.earthconstitution.world.  See also the World Constitution and Parliament Assoc. website at www.wcpa.global.  Martin’s personal website and blog can be found at www.oneworldrenaissance.com.

 

Welcome to my website

There is a great deal of material on this site, much of it connected with my work with various organizations working for world peace with justice and sustainability.  Please browse this material at your leisure. We live at a crucial time in human history in which the fate of the planet and humanity hang in the balance depending on what we do in the present.

My life has been dedicated to developing and expounding a liberating existential and spiritual paradigm, to show the options humanity needs to be taking if we want a peaceful, just, free, and sustainable future for our selves and our children. This home page contains a number of photos from things I have done over the years and very little text. Other pages contain information about the organizations I work with and many other subjects. 

The “Glen’s Blog” page contains my articles of the last two to three years. Many of my earlier articles going back many years also appear on this website within the “About the Author” tab.  If you like any of these articles, please feel free to forward or reprint them, please give credit, and please let me know about your doing this. Who am I?  Like all of us there is a sense in which I have no idea. Or, to put it differently, I am a manifestation of the whole, just as we all are. We all participate in what is universal: the unity in diversity of the Whole.

Each of us is real through what is universal, what is Infinite, what is everywhere and nowhere. The universe is like a net, and each of us like the knots in the net. The knots do not exist without the threads that connect them to other knots and the whole. And the whole does not exit without the knots. This means that part and whole are in relationship--mutually constitutive and interacting. God, Cosmos, Consciousness, and the entire Human Project come together to actualize the being that I am (and that you also are). I do not exist apart from that dynamic, evolutionary union.

Nevertheless, much of my time is spent in reading and writing philosophy, and in travelling and acting to promote world unity in diversity. I want to help lay the philosophical foundations for democratic world law and the corollary conditions for genuine human liberation. That is the goal of my books and articles. Unless we realize that all human beings are brothers and sisters, and that all living things on Earth are our cousins, we will not have a future on this beautiful planet. Communicating this vision the primary mission and goal of my life.  I want to thank all those people who support and have supported me in this endeavor, first and foremost among them is my wonderful wife, Phyllis Ann Turk.

As I said above, on this homepage there is very little text, just photos taken here and there over the years as I have pursued the goals mentioned above.  Many of my articles, my poetry, more photos, and material about the organizations with which I am involved appears on the other pages. Be well, and be blessed as a child of this astonishing Cosmos. Thanks for visiting my site,

Glen T. Martin

 

Photos (in somewhat chronological order)

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Many years ago in Costa Rica with Dr. Robert Muller , UN Assistant Secretary General for 18 years and a founder of the UN University for Peace located in Costa Rica.

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In Nicaragua, mid-1990s, navigating the rapids on the Rio Bocay as part of the New River Bocay Project that worked with the indigenous Indians who lived along the Rio Bocay and Rio Coco in northern Nicaragua

At a dance in Cuba sponsored by the Radical Philosophy Association of the USA, whose annual conferences in Havana and other Cuban cities I attended every year from 1997 to 2002. My papers presented at these conferences can be found in Spanish and English under “Older Articles” under the “About the Author” tab.

  Cuba gm cowIn Cuba, 2000, expressing solidarity with the Cuban revolution though bourgeois endeavors at manual labor.  Cuba 26

With a Cuban child and wearing my U. of Havana shirt

WCPA and Graduate School of World Problems Seminar in Takoradi, Ghana, 2001

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In south Bangladesh talking about environmental protection under the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, 2004

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At the Eighth Session of the Provisional World Parliament, Lucknow, India, 2004, the venue was sponsored by the City Montessori School of Lucknow headed by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi and held under the authority of Article 19 of the Earth Constitution.

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In Japan, meeting with the spiritual leader of the Oomoto Religion and one of the movements in support of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth, 2005

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In Kara, Togo, West Africa, giving seminars to interested audiences and WCPA members there, here wearing the traditional dress that I purchased in the market in Kara.

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In Sri Lanka, 2005, on an expedition to assess the damage from the terrible tsunami that had just hit their coastline. Next to me is Dr. Terence P. Amerasinghe, then President of WCPA, sponsored by the Universal Love and Brotherhood Association and the Oomoto religion of Japan.

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In Alaska, with my wife and daughter, back when Phyllis and I still had brown hair 

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On top of a mountain in Costa Rica with one of my study abroad groups from Radford University.

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At the 9th Session of the Provisional World Parliament in Tripoli, Libya, 2006. In the foreground wearing white is a children’s delegation to the Parliament requesting assistance to procure mosquito netting.

Our friends Kay McGraw (left) and Carolyn Byerly (our daughter’s god-mothers) marching with us on one of many peace-marches in Washington, DC, usually on behalf of International Philosophers for Peace. Carolyn is carrying a sign that reads “We kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong.”

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Speaking in Tripoli on behalf of world peace at the 20th Anniversary International Conference commemorating the US bombing of Libya in 1986.

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Meeting the Leader of Libya, Muhamar Gadaffi, 2005. He is holding the autographed copy of my book Millennium Dawn and I am holding a copy of his “Green Book.”

  Visiting a rural very poor village in northern India, on behalf of my on-going education about global poverty and its issues.

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In Brussels, talking with leaders of the European Union about the Earth Constitution 

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At a peace rally, after a World Peace Congress.  We had a peace march through the streets of Kolkata, 2005 that culminated in these speeches about world peace.

In Kara, Togo, West Africa during the 10th session of the Provisional World Parliament (left) and after a WCPA seminar the following year. Participants holding up the WCPA membership certificates (2008).

Kolkata.Peace.Mar.2010Peace March through the streets of Kolkata, 5 years later, in 2010

In Dhaka, with Dr. Mujibur Rahman (to my left) and other civic leaders. Dr. Rahman was the Bangladesh Chapter President of WCPA.
At the 10th Review Conference of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in Kampala, Uganda, July 2010. We were representing the Institute on World Problems (IOWP) as part of Global Civil Society. Today, the IOWP as been renamed as the Earth Constitution Institute (ECI): www.earthconstitution.world.

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After my talk on the Earth Constitution to the European Club in Zagreb, Croatia, 2011

Representing the Earth Constitution at an environmental forum for South East Europe held in Macedonia 2012

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At a World Peace Symposium in Lucknow, India, 2012 after participating in the International Conference of Chief Justices of the World sponsored by Dr. Jagdish Gandhi and the City Montessori School of Lucknow.

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              In Bangladesh with the Daughters of the Revolution, 2012. The revolution they are celebrating was the 1971 break from Pakistan at which time Bangladesh was born.  Some of these Daughters are members of WCPA Bangladesh.

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Walking through one of the many “railroad slums” in Kolkata, India, as part of my continuing self-education on global poverty and its issues.

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In Malaysia, having dinner with the Ambassador from Yemen (at head of table next to Madame Saraswathy Devi, prominent Lawyer in Kuala Lumpur), 2013.  As everywhere I go, I gave him a copy of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.

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At the GUSI Peace Prize International Ceremonies. Chairman, Ambassador Gusi is front in the center. The prize was for my work for world peace and democratic law for our endangered planet Earth.

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Receiving the GUSI Peace Prize International

Touring a hydophonic ecological facility in Manila, Philippines, Nov. 2013.

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With Celina Garcia in Costa Rica speaking with an international peace group about democratic world law, 2014

Barrister Saraswathy Devi (Maylasia), Dr. Eugenia Almand, and myself at the head table of the 14th Session of the Provisional World Parliament

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In Istanbul after speaking with students and faculty at Istanbul Law School about the Earth Constitution.

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In Guwahati with the “security detail” assigned for my safety (which was in reality just a way of honoring me since there was no danger).  I was there to speak with them about joining the Earth Federation Movement.

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As guest speaker at Aligarh Muslim University not far from Delhi, India, 2015. It was here that I met Swami Agnivesh who was also an invited speaker.  He wanted to learn about the Earth Constitution and we soon became good friends. After that, when Phyllis and I would come to New Delhi, we would stay with him in his apartment in the city.

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In front of the famous bookstore in San Francisco founded by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, 2016. As a teenager, I loved to read Ferlinghetti and the other Beat Poets.

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Phyllis Turk (my wife), when we were again in Zagreb, Croatia, doing WCPA work with Marija Pavkov and Slavko Kulik, prominent citizens of Croatia.

At the WCPA book stall of the giant Asia Book Fair, New Delhi, 2016. From the left: Deepak Vyas, Phyllis Turk, Glen T. Martin, Zaklina Dimovska (from Macedonia, WCPA Vice-President for SE Europe), Guruji Arun Kumar (WCPA Distinguished Advisor), Amit Paul (WCPA Vice President and Secretary to the Board of Trustees)

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Some participants in the WCPA International Conference in Pune, India, 2016. This was hosted by MIT Puna’s World Peace Center.

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Kathmandu, Nepal, with members of the new WCPA Chapter of Nepal in 2017

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On stage at the World Conference on the Vedas, organized by Swami Agnivesh, New Delhi, 2017

With Jyotirmay Goswami, my host in rural West Bengal and WCPA Director for Sustainable Development, 2017

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Lighting the peace lamp at the World Intellectual Forum meetings in Hyderabad, India, 2018 

With the staff of Global Democracy, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2018. On the table are copies of the Earth Constitution that I supplied to them.

In front of the offices of the “Mothers of the Disappeared,” Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires, 2018.

With Phyllis at an outdoor pub in Rio de Janeiro, June 2018. In Rio we connected with WCPA members who live there.

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I took this of Evo Morales, President of Bolivia, speaking at the giant conference for a World Without Borders in Cochabamba, Bolivia, 2018.  At the conference, I presented about the Earth Federation Movement.

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At the world conference in Cochabamba, Bolivia. On the right are WCPA members Mario and Leopoldo Cook from Venezuela

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With our Spanish teacher Jhanet (right) and the administrator of our Spanish School in Sucre, Bolivia, 2018. Phyllis and I studied Spanish with her for a month.

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In Chennai, India, with High Court Justice Vallinayagam (who has long supported the Earth Constitution) and several WCPA members. Behind me is Prof. Ananthanarayanan, President of WCPA, Chennai

At the Earth Constitution Booth with Swami Agnivesh (facing front) at the World Parliament of Religions in Toronto, Canada Nov. 2018.
World Parliament of Religions 2018. With Dr. Sarwar Alam, WCPA member from Toronto and Swami Agnivesh.

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Attending the GUSI Peace Ceremonies in the Philippines as guest speaker, 2018. On the right is Ambassador Gusi. I am presenting him with a copy of my then latest book called Global Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence.

IMG_3081 (1)With Swami Agnivesh near his countryside Ashram south of Delhi, 2019

Below, at the grand World Peace Thinkers and Writers Peace Meet, Kolkata, India, December 2019

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Below: the founding ceremonies for the Sri Rampur India Chapter of WCPA, 2019.  At the podium is our Global Communications Coordinator, Sri Narasimha Murthy:

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IMG_3548 In Venice, January 2020. We left there by luck just days before the pandemic hit Italy and everything began to be shut down.

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In Caracas, Venezuela, 2016, just following an in-person speech by President Maduro. We are there in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution, a solidarity that continues to this day.  We have many WCPA members in Venezuela, including our Vice-President for Latin America, Leopoldo Cook Antonorsi.

3 minute video from Kolkata, India, December 2019:  Dr. Glen T. Martin, President, WCPA