by Joe Martino
August 25, 2014
from Collective-Evolution Website

Spanish version









When you take a moment and look around at the world, things can appear pretty messed up.


Take 5 or 10 minutes and watch the 6 o'clock news. Chances are, the entire time, all you are going to see is war, conflict, death, illness, etc. Sure, this is part of the mainstream medias content strategy to sell drama and keep people focused on it, but besides that it reveals something real about the current state of our world.

I believe Michael Ellner said it well in his quote:

"Just look at us. Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom."

Now obviously Ellner's quote is a simplified way of looking at our current state, but in many ways it's bang on.


Most of what we do in the name of "good" ends up destroying something else in the process and is passed off mainly in the name of profit.

We've seen over and over again how our ways have brought us to a point where we are destroying everything in our path, so the question must be asked,

  • Isn't it time for change?

  • Are we fully capable, honest, and determined enough to look at our past, where our actions and though-patterns have brought us to this point, and now do something completely different in order to restore balance?

The people over at The Free World Charter believe it's time for that and have put together a list of facts about society we oddly accept as normal.




10 Facts About Our Society That We Oddly Accept As Normal

  1. We prioritize money and the economy over basics like air, water, food quality, our environment and our communities.

  2. We utilize an economic trading system that facilitates the death of millions of people each year.

  3. We divide the worlds land into sections and then fight over who owns these sections.

  4. We call some people "soldiers" which makes it OK for them to kill other people.

  5. We torture and kill millions of animals everyday needlessly for food, clothing and experiments.

  6. We send children to school for their entire childhood to memorize facts and skills that they will rarely use.

  7. We impose financial pressures on parents, forcing them to miss out on vital stages of their child's development.

  8. We have thousands of religions, each one believing that their God or god-story is the only true and unique version.

  9. Love and compassion, which promotes life, are mocked as facile. Whereas war, which harms life, is seen as honorable.

  10. Anyone with a really useful invention, can forcefully prevent others from using or modifying it.




What Would Your World Look Like?

What your world would look like...? The bottom line is, we are in a very transformational time in our world.


Solutions are needed and they are needed quickly:



The Free World Charter

from TheFreeWorldChater Website



Let's make everything free





What is The Free World Charter?

Let's make everything free

The Free World Charter is a statement of principles that has the potential to optimize life on Earth for all species, eradicate poverty and greed, and advance progress.

Neither political nor religious, these ten short principles could form the foundation of a new, advanced society that uses no money, is free, fair and sustainable.


They are based solely on nature, common sense and survival.

The Free World Charter is now widely considered a logical progression out of the failing mechanisms of today's society, and a natural step in our evolution.



Why we need it

In case you haven't noticed, the world has become a very hostile place.


Basic living has become really difficult for many of us, and is quite literally impossible for millions of people every year. It does not have to be this way.

As the predominant species, we humans have failed to acknowledge the great responsibility that comes with our great knowledge and power. Money has seriously distorted our world view, and distracted us from what is genuinely important.

Everything we need for survival:

water, food, air, energy, biodiversity, compassion, have become jeopardized through our prioritization of profit over nature.

Nature does not yield or negotiate.


If we continually fight against it, nature will win. In other words, humanity - and countless other innocent species - could face extinction. The time has come to make some fundamental changes to our way of life, which has become both unsustainable and unjust.


Adopting the principles of The Free World Charter is, we believe, the first crucial step mankind must now take in order to protect and preserve both ourselves and our planet.



What is wrong with the world?

In a word: money...


Our own monetary system of exchange now effectively prioritizes financial stability and growth over survival and progress. While once a useful tool in earlier times, money has now become incompatible with life itself and creates far more problems than it solves.


We can put these problems into four main categories:


  1. Inequality and Injustice



    [Money, by definition,

    creates inequality and injustice.]

    In today's world, a handful of people have enormous wealth, influence and freedom, while the vast majority are burdened with debt, labour and poverty; with little or no say in world affairs.


    This imbalance is clearly unfair and can no longer just be accepted as normal.

    Millions of people every year are born into a life of poverty and starvation, even though we have the resources and technology to feed and shelter everybody if we want to.

    Wasteful manufacturing drives an insatiable appetite for limited natural resources like oil, copper, gold etc. Since these scarce resources are only found in certain countries, exploitation or cross-border conflicts inevitably result.

    Some areas of the world suffer extreme weather conditions and a lack of arable soil or drinkable water, yet are largely forgotten by richer nations as they have nothing of value to contribute to the world economy.

    Money, by definition, creates inequality and injustice.



  2. Waste and Pollution



    [Our disregard for nature

    is slowly poisoning and choking us.]

    Manufacturing companies need a constant turnover of products in order to be profitable.


    It doesn't make financial sense to make products that truly last. It is better for cash-flow to keep producing disposable goods that ultimately need replacing - despite the waste of natural resources and pollution that this causes.

    Many companies spend millions every year creating a market for unnecessary and wasteful products through clever advertising. This creates a culture of consumerism and an illusion of 'limitless' growth which is unrealistic, unsustainable and simply must end some day.

    We know that oil is a toxic pollutant that produces carbon-dioxide, yet we still use it because it is cheap; despite having abundant, clean renewable energy all around us.

    Oxygen-producing trees are plundered irresponsibly for their wood, while airplanes pump millions of tons of poisonous gases into our air every year.

    Our disregard for nature is slowly poisoning and choking us.


  3. Debt and Unemployment



    [Paid employment is the oxygen of the monetary system.

    Without it, all you get is more debt.

    This unemployment and debt cycle

    will ultimately bring about a global monetary collapse.]

    Today, almost every country in the world has such huge debts that governments are now forced to either borrow more, spend less, or print more to meet their budgets.


    Realistically, none of these options are sustainable.

    Printing money devalues the currency, meaning you can buy less with it. Also, since it enters the economy as a debt, it is subject to interest.


    Since the money to pay this interest doesn't even exist, it ultimately requires another debt - and more interest!

    Public spending cuts ultimately means job cuts, creating further unemployment. Private companies continually replace staff with machines that can work faster and cheaper, to increase their productivity and profits.

    Paid employment is the oxygen of the monetary system. Without it, all you get is more debt. This unemployment and debt cycle will ultimately bring about a global monetary collapse.


  4. Obstructed Progress


    [Money is no obstacle to progress

    in a money-free world.]

    Human progress is stifled by cost. Pure research or bold scientific endeavor are either under-funded or overlooked unless they are profitable.

    Highly skilled or talented professionals are attracted by generous salaries to develop profitable but wasteful consumer products. Conversely, many talented people are held back in life through lack of access to proper education or funding for their work.

    New inventions get mired in patent laws that hinder further development or improvement by other innovators, and sometimes take years to reach the public. Many useful patents lie dormant either through lack of funding or deliberate marketing strategy.

    Companies try to protect their own brands and future profits by intentionally designing products that are incompatible with other brands or technologies. This creates an unnecessary duplicity of products and frustrates the end user.

    Money is no obstacle to progress in a money-free world.

These are just some of the reasons why money - that we created - has now become a major obstacle to our own survival and progress.


If you look at our society and modern culture from a viewpoint of nature, you will quickly begin to see just how detached and disconnected we have become from the very stuff that sustains us.

We cannot ignore our own nature and biology.



Whose fault is it?

It's important to recognize that no-one is actually to blame for any of these problems.


The system we use to run our society has just grown that way over time. Attributing blame, even where seemingly justified, has no useful purpose and just creates adversity.

Many blame banks, corporations, governments, or the people who work in them, but these are not bad or greedy people. They are just ordinary people reacting to an environment of scarcity - the scarcity of money, that is.

Greed is a basic human response to scarcity. If there is a limited supply of something that you need to live, you instinctively want as much as possible of it, because it's good for survival.


If we can eliminate scarcity, we can eliminate greed.



Under pressure

"We need to free ourselves from our imaginary limits."

We have come to mistrust our own natural behavior due to the conflicting standards and pressures that we subject ourselves to.

Modern media promote unattainable and hedonistic lifestyles, while religions teach moderation and chastity. Corporations spends millions glamorizing sugary and fatty foods, while medical officers warn of obesity. Governments announce public spending cuts, while they bail out big businesses. Everywhere we turn we are bombarded with advertising to buy products that we can't afford.


Society, as a whole, is pretty confusing and contradictory.

Crime rates are on the increase - but not because more people are bad - because people's circumstances are getting worse, employment opportunities are dwindling and everyone has to compete to survive.

Remember, a human being is still an animal - albeit a highly advanced one - and just like any other animal may strike out when maltreated, cornered or confused.

We don't need to do this to ourselves any more.

It is time for us to disentangle the human being from his web of outdated methods and ideologies, and focus on our common purpose of survival, progress and freedom.

We need to free ourselves from our imaginary limits.



What the Charter does

The Free World Charter sets out ten very basic assertions that are resonant with nature, general common sense, fairness and sustainability


In essence, these ten guiding principles are our minimum requirements for survival and progress.


"Once people realize that a money-free society works,

we will naturally become more positive in our actions,

more cooperative, compassionate and productive."


Our current systems of monetary, social, ideological and border divisions are imaginary, and clearly not working for us or our planet.


The principles of the Charter, that are grounded in nature, would dissolve these imaginary barriers with just a few basic observations of mutual respect for each other and our planetary home.

Once we can get past our outdated methods of decision-making through speculation and diktat, and remove our imaginary barriers, we will find our only problems are technical ones. i.e.. How do we provide for everyone and use our planet in the optimum way? Only when we are free of our conflicting ideologies and methods, can we truly solve this problem.

Our technology is now at a level where we can comfortably provide for everyone without the need for hard labour.


What we can automate, we will automate. We don't need money to build machines, we can just build them. Tasks that can't be automated can be rotated among a populace who would be more than happy to dedicate a small portion of their time to a community that sustains them.

Everything will be declared free to use, but within an understanding of natural and technical limits, and respect for the combined common good. These understandings are achieved initially through education, and ultimately through consensus.

Once people realize that a money-free society works, we will naturally become more positive in our actions, more cooperative, compassionate and productive.



Implementing the Charter

The first step in implementing the Charter is promotion and awareness.

These principles can only be adopted when they are seen, understood and supported by a sufficient number of people. When enough people see the Charter and accept it as the next logical step in human evolution, change will come about automatically.


Politicians and people of influence will have no choice but to accede to the will of the people.

Once this happens, education of the principles, nature and communities will need to be rolled out to give everyone a true understanding of ourselves, our community and our environment.


"Education will play a key role

in the establishment of

 the new money-free society."


It won't take long until people begin to realize that their neighbor is no longer their competitor; that everything they own and use has an environmental cost; that acting together as a community - and not only for oneself - is infinitely more productive and rewarding.

It may happen that the Charter will be first adopted in a single country or bloc of countries that is naturally resource-rich and self sufficient (Australia and the South Seas would be a good example).


Once other countries see it working, they would be quick to follow.

Perhaps in the interim, a special provision for 'money-free' status in pioneering countries could be applied through a body like the UN, to maintain and protect the borders of such 'free zones' until no longer necessary.

This is just one example of how the Charter could be implemented. It could happen in any number of different ways of course, but the important thing is that once enough people want it, it will happen.



Who wrote the Charter?


Colin Turner

[pic: Alanna Milbourne]

To attribute this document to any single person or group would be inaccurate and highly unfair to many people.


As with any important philosophical or policy document, the contributors are innumerable as any one person's ideas are modified and improved on over time.

The actual words of the Charter were written by Colin Turner, a songwriter and music producer from Dublin, Ireland, but many of the underlying concepts were originally inspired by,

...visionaries who, no doubt, would attribute their inspiration to many other historical influences too.

What's important is that, logically, this is the next step in the progress of humanity, and one that best ensures our survival and that of our planetary companions. With that in mind, the Charter is, to all intents and purposes, a self-writing document.



The near future

We are at a most interesting point in our history.


A great era of change is almost upon us, but things may get worse before they get better as many struggle to maintain the old system. Signing and supporting The Free World Charter can help bring about these changes much sooner, more peacefully and without needless suffering.

The idea of the Charter is a simple one. It is our current system that is complicated, and the unraveling of that may take some time, but this is a patient initiative, designed to progress slowly and surely in one direction only - towards true freedom, abundance and sustainability.

Please give this initiative your utmost consideration. Thank you.

Read the Charter



The 'Small Tortoiseshell' butterfly (Aglais urticae),

symbol of The Free World Charter,

denoting freedom, simplicity, maturity, and fragility.

Here below is the full text of The Free World Charter.

You will notice the Charter is not very long. In fact, just ten basic principles make up The Free World Charter. While the reasons and implications of the Charter are complex, the actual principles themselves are very simple.

Each principle is terse in language to avoid ambiguity, and is accompanied underneath by a brief description and explanation of why it's needed.




In this year, 2014, our personal freedoms, environment and biodiversity have become critically endangered by our mismanagement of global resources.

This charter document proposes ten fundamental principles on which to grow an entirely new world society based on fairness, common sense and survival.


Once observed, these principles will realize human equality, minimize suffering and injustice, create a cooperative society that promotes progress and technology, and guarantees a healthy, diverse and sustainable world for all species.

If you agree with this vision, please register your support by becoming a signatory and sharing this website and its ideals with your friends. It is only with popular support that we can effect the kind of changes now necessary to sustain life on Earth into the far future.






1 - The highest concern of humanity is the combined common good of all living species and biosphere.

Human beings, animals and plants are all inseparable parts of nature. We are IN nature - not outside or above it. All our species are connected to each other and the planet, and rely indirectly on each other for survival.

Humanity's physical impact on the World is now so great that we must exercise wisdom and responsibility. We must now consider the needs of all species and the environment, as well as ourselves, in all decisions.

2 - Life is precious in all its forms, and free to flourish in the combined common good.

Life is an amazing phenomenon, and, so far, our planet is the only place we have found it. This makes it a most rare and beautiful thing that should be cherished and respected.

However, life is also food, and all our world's species form a complex food-chain. In order to maintain this food-chain - and thus our biodiversity and survival - we must observe the combined common good of all species when interacting with any one.

3 - Earth's natural resources are the birthright of all its inhabitants, and free to share in the combined common good.

Every living person and creature on this planet has an automatic entitlement to share in all the Earth's natural resources, and to use them to live a healthy and fulfilling life without obligation or subordination to any other person or creature.

Humanity, due to population size and complex lifestyle, has a particular duty not to overtax these natural resources, or use more than is reasonably necessary to maintain a happy and wholesome life within the combined common good.

4 - Every human being is an equal part of a worldwide community of humans, and a free citizen of Earth.

Social, ideological and border divisions between people are man-made barriers which have no physical or natural basis. Such artificial divisions can only be counter-productive to the common welfare and survival of society as a whole.

Our common similarities are, however, both physical and natural. Generally speaking, we all want and need the same things. With universal cooperation and equal access, we can all apply our skills more effectively to achieve these common aims.

5 - Our community is founded on the spirit of cooperation and an understanding of nature, provided through basic education.

Any child that receives a useful and relevant education into the workings of nature, the world and community living, will ultimately provide the best service to that world and that community. Traditional career-driven education is now a measurably destructive force.

Ultimately, education will replace regulation, which is really only a crude system of maintaining order. For example, a child that fully understands why a certain action is not possible is infinitely better equipped for life than a child who only knows the fear of punishment for that action.

6 - Our community provides for all its members the necessities of a healthy, fulfilling and sustainable life, freely and without obligation.

Every person should be guaranteed the highest technically possible standard of living without the use of money, trade or debt. There is no longer any logical reason not to do this. Virtually all of human suffering is caused by our outdated system of exchange.

All forms of debt and subordination are not only a hindrance to progress, but are now completely unnecessary. This is due to our command of technology and the ease with which we can produce and manufacture goods for ourselves.

7 - Our community respects the limits of nature and its resources, ensuring minimal consumption and waste.

Our resources are limited either by absolute quantity or by the time it takes to manage and replace them. In either case, we must use our resources wisely to preserve both their supply and the environment.

In addition, we must minimize our accumulation of rarely used goods, and the amount of non-reusable waste that we produce. These have direct consequences on our environment. The more we conserve our world, the greater our chances of survival into the future.

8 - Our community derives its solutions and advances progress primarily through the application of logic and best available knowledge.

In a new society without financial inhibitors and constraints, the greatest challenges facing humanity will be technical ones. ie. How do we provide enough food, water, shelter, energy, materials, and ensure a high standard of sustainable living for everybody?

As opposed to traditional politics and speculation, the scientific method is a proven, robust system of solving these technical problems using just the available facts and basic logic. It also has a common reference across all cultures and languages.

9 - Our community acknowledges its duty of care and compassion for members who are unable to contribute.

People who, for any reason, are unable to look after themselves or contribute back into society, should be afforded every possible amenity, compassion and care from the rest of the community without obligation.

Also, as future contributors to the community, it is vital that we impart as much useful knowledge as we can to our children, in a way that stimulates their creativity, growth and intellect towards future progress.

10 - Our community acknowledges its responsibility to maintain a diverse and sustainable biosphere for all future life to enjoy.

We must remember that we share our planet not just with other people, animals and plants, but also with the seeds of future people, animals and plants, who will walk and grow here some day.

These beings, who have no voice or influence today, are equally as entitled to life as we are. It is in the interest of all our species to leave the world to our future generations just as we found it, if not better.



Please read it carefully and check the box beside each principle if you agree with it. Then enter your name, email, country and click 'sign'.


If you have any doubts about any of the principles, or are unclear about anything, please have a look at our FAQs page which may answer your question.