Design for a Living Planet: The Earth Constitution Solution is forthcoming with Peace Pentagon Press in the spring of 2021. The book goes deeply into our planetary environmental crisis and makes clear the path to addressing that crisis.



global democracy and human self transcendenceGlobal Democracy and Human Self-Transcendence:  The Power of the Future for Planetary Transformation


    Or directly from Cambridge Scholars Publishing         ISBN-13:978-1-5275-1165-1;   ISBN-10:1-5275-1165-0

      Date of Publication:01/08/2018, 321 pages


This volume examines the dynamics of self-transcendence for both individuals and humanity as a whole. In doing so, it illuminates the definitive relationship between self-transcendence and global democracy. Drawing upon a vast literature of philosophy, psychology, and religion, ancient and modern, East and West, this book reveals the power of human futurity in actualizing our higher potential. It represents a real breakthrough in understanding our emerging new era in the evolution of humanity. It describes our transition from personal consciousness to global consciousness.

The book includes chapters on the fundamental ideas that animate our self-understanding and define our common humanity. Through careful scholarship, it examines the dynamics of human dignity, freedom, love, community, intrinsic rights, and global ethics. It explores each of these concepts as a dimension of our human temporality as we envision and move into an ever-transcending future, a future that includes a World Parliament and planetary democracy.

In our time of apparent hopelessness and despair, this volume reveals the grounds for a powerful hope that we can establish one world civilization of peace, justice, freedom, and sustainability. It makes a truly unique contribution, not found elsewhere in today’s literature, revealing the astonishing dignity and potential of being human. It is essential reading for all those concerned for the future of humanity and our precious planet Earth.



Holistic Planetary Transformation through a Global Social Contract


or  Directly from IED press at

Pub date: 2016
Institute for Economic Democracy Press
372 pages • 6×9 • Index / Bibliography
Paperback: 9781933567501 ($21.00)
E-Book: 9781933567518 ($7.00)

From a Review: “Each of us wants to pursue lives blessed by reason, love, and hope—but can this really be possible on a disordered and violent planet such as ours? In his latest masterwork, Dr. Glen T. Martin shows why our predicament urgently requires the creation of a global social contract that can only be adopted through a profound philosophic shift to holism—the same evolutionary holism that has swept all of the world’s sciences.

“He explains why this new holism, if applied to global governance, would require a world federation under enforceable global law. Humanity can never flourish, Martin argues, unless we build a well-governed world that leaves behind our fragmented system of self-interested nation-states and global corporations bent on profit. In establishing his argument, Dr. Martin mines the thought of the world’s leading philosophers and social theorists to create an unprecedented synthesis—one that goes far beyond his previous books such as Millennium Dawn and Triumph of Civilization to reveal the way forward on the basis of a united planet with immense possibilities for a future global renaissance.”


  • Introduction to The Constitution for the Federation of the Earth. Institute for Economic Democracy Press.

This small version is called “the Pocket Constitution.”  The Introduction emphasizes the holism of civilization and the ways in which the Constitution creates a peace system, justice system, and sustainability system for the Earth.     


  • The Anatomy of a Sustainable World. Our Choice between Climate Change and System Change: And How You Can Make a Difference.

    Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, September 2013.  This book examines the roots and the deadly consequences of our current unsustainable civilization as manifested in its war-system, nation-state system, and global economic system. It also illuminates the concrete steps that we can take to transform civilization to sustainable principles. It presents the specific political and economic steps we can take to make sustainability a reality. Includes the Earth Constitution as an appendix.


  • The Earth Federation Movement: Founding a Social Contract for the People of Earth. History, Vision, Documents

Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, May 2011 (252 pages).

This book lays out the foundations of the Earth Federation Movement in terms of its history and its philosophical grounding that includes sections on “ethical holism,” “democratic holism,” and “political holism.”  It includes eleven documents from the movement that illustrate these principles and several appendices with supplementary information.


  • Una Constitución para la Federación de la Tierra y El Manifiesto de la Federación de la Tierra by Glen T. Martin, various translators.

My 2003 work, The Manifesto of the Earth Federation, has been translated into Spanish by Dr. Eugenia Almand, edited by Dr. Rita Martin, and published in a separate volume with a Spanish translation of the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.  Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, September 2011 (156 pages). 


  • Triumph of Civilization – Democracy, Nonviolence, and the Piloting of Spaceship Earth  

Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, January 2010 (406 pages).

This book examines the concept of democracy and the related concept of nonviolence in the light of the global crises we face at the dawn of the 21st century.  It develops a deeper understanding of democracy that is inherently nonviolent and fundamentally holistic. It argues that the way out of our current set of interdependent crises and systemic violence is to establish an Earth Federation through actualizing, under a world constitution, the three most fundamental features of authentic democracy: positive freedom, reasonable economic equality, and a global community premised on the many “human universals” that we all share, as well as the common good of the Earth and future generations.


  • The Constitution for the Federation of Earth: With Historical Introduction, Commentary, and Conclusion

Pamplin, VA, Institute for Economic Democracy Press, 2010 (200 pages).

This book represents the first time the Constitution for the Federation of Earth has been appeared in print from an official press with its own ISBN number.   The Constitution was developed by a drafting committee of 25 persons with feedback from hundreds of world citizens over a period of 33 years from 1968 to 1991.  This premiere edition, includes a substantive historical introduction situating the Earth Constitution within the world federalist movement of the past 80 years, an extensive commentary on the Constitution that explains the significance of its 19 articles one by one, and a conclusion that discusses the larger meaning of the Constitution and the Earth Federation Movement that promotes it. The book includes bibliography and index as well as a number of appendices containing the relevant documents surrounding the Constitution and the Earth Federation Movement.


  • Emerging World Law — Key Documents and Decisions of the Global Constituent Assemblies and the Provisional World Parliament,

    Eugenia Almand and Glen T. Martin, eds., Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, spring 2009 (437 pages).

This book exhibits international law maturing into world law through world constitutional and parliamentary processes. Self-governing democratic processes emerge globally under the direction of world citizens who take initiative, insisting on human dignity, individual accountability, and peaceful world relations. The volume presents the Constitution for the Federation of Earth as well as the memorials, resolutions, and legislative summaries of the Provisional World Parliament during its first ten sessions, 1982 to 2007. Dr. Terence Amerasinghe recounts the 50 year history of the World Constituent Assemblies and the Provisional World Parliament. Dr. Almand clarifies interpretations of the democratic and non-military Constitution, showing why no amendments are needed before the nations and people of Earth ratify the Constitution. Dr. Martin analyses the problem of origins and legitimacy of emerging world law, showing the difficulties and dynamics of transforming presently outmoded international institutions in the direction of a genuine global democracy.


  • Ascent to Freedom: The Philosophical Foundations of Democratic World Law

Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, January 2008 (500 pages).

This book lays out both the practical and conceptual foundations for a transformed world order – responding directly to our multiple global crises through the holistic approach of bringing genuinely democratic world law to the Earth. It develops a philosophical framework for democratic world law by drawing on the scientific revolutions of the twentieth century, the history of democratic thought, and contemporary discussions of human rights. It traces the history of the philosophy of law from ancient times to the present, showing the progressive development of democratic thought that culminates in the imperative for global democracy. It concludes by developing the parameters of a conversion to democratic world law for protecting the environment and human rights as well as creating a transformed world system of peace and prosperity for everyone on Earth.


  • World Revolution Through World Law – Basic Documents of the Emerging Earth Federation 

Edited, with an Introduction and Other Writings by Glen T. Martin, Pamplin, VA:    Institute for Economic Democracy Press, November 2005 (278 pages).

This book includes the most fundamental documents of the emerging earth federation such as the Declaration of the Rights of Peoples, the Manifesto of the Earth Federation, and the Constitution for the Federation of Earth.  It also includes an introduction, a commentary on the Earth Constitution, and several other essays by Glen T. Martin.


  • Century Twenty-One: Humanity at the Crossroads — The Manifesto of the Earth Federation

Revised edition, with official ratification at the Seventh Provisional World Parliament, published by the Institute on World Problems, Radford, Virginia, Spring 2004 (42 pages).

This booklet analyses the fundamental problems facing humanity worldwide: poverty, lack of education, disease, environmental breakdown, diminishing resources, militarism, etc., and addresses the economic and political changes most basic for transforming the world disorder into a world order characterized by peace, justice, sustainability, and prosperity. It has been translated into Spanish and republished with the Earth Constitution in 2011.


  • Millennium Dawn: The Philosophy of Planetary Crisis and Human Liberation

Pamplin, VA: Institute for Economic Democracy Press, April 2005 (430 pages).

This book synthesizes a transformative social-political-economic philosophy with a philosophy of human spiritual and intellectual maturity and develops practical suggestions for realizing a transformed world order in terms of the ethical, spiritual, and eschatological dimensions demanding such transformation. It advocates a transformative modality of critical theory, compassion, and nonviolence and offers an interpretation of human spirituality that unites the core values of the various religious traditions from around the world.


  •  From Nietzsche to Wittgenstein: The Problem of Truth and Nihilism in the Modern World

New York: Peter Lang Publisher, 1989 (401 pages).

This book offers comprehensive interpretations of both Nietzsche and Wittgenstein and draws on the mystical traditions (especially Buddhist thought in relation to Wittgenstein) to address the problem of truth and value in the modern world. It attempts to show that the Wittgensteinian project of seeing clearly the limits of language can serve as a compelling answer to Nietzsche’s diagnosis that we are facing crisis of nihilism (values) in the modern world.