Mahmoud Jibril and al-Qathafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project
by Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya / 28 October 2011
Colonel Muammar al-Qathafi symbolizes many things to many different people around the world. Love or hate the Libyan leader, under his rule Libya transformed from one of the poorest countries on the face of the planet into the country with the highest living standards in Africa. In the words of Professor Henri Habibi:
When Libya was granted its independence by the United Nations on December 24, 1951, it was described as one of the poorest and most backward nations of the world. The population at the time was not more than 1.5 million, was over 90% illiterate, and had no political experience or knowhow. There were no universities, and only a limited number of high schools which had been established seven years before independence.1
al-Qathafi had many grand plans. Many of them were of a pan-African nature. This included the formation of a United States of Africa.
al-Qathafi’s Pan-African Projects
Colonel al-Qathafi started the Great Man-Made River. The Great Man-Made River is a massive project to transform the Sahara Desert and reverse the desertification of Africa. The Great Man-Made River with its irrigation plans was also intended to help the agricultural sector in other parts of Africa. This project was one of the victims of NATO’s attacks on Libya.
al-Qathafi also envisioned independent pan-African financial institutions. The Libyan Investment Authority and the Libyan Foreign Bank were important players in setting up these institutions. Gaddafi, through the Libyan Foreign Bank and the Libyan Investment Authority, was instrumental in setting up Africa’s first satellite network, the Regional African Satellite Communication Organization (RASCOM), to reduce African dependence on external powers.2
It is believed that his crowning achievement would have been the creation of the United States of Africa. The supranational entity would have been created through the African Investment Bank, the African Monetary Fund, and finally the African Central Bank. These institutions were all viewed with animosity by the European Union, United States, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank.
al-Qathafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project
al-Qathafi had a wealth redistribution project inside Libya. U.S. Congressional sources in a report to the U.S. Congress even acknowledge this. On February 18, 2011 the report stated:
In March 2008, [Colonel al-Qathafi] announced his intention to dissolve most government administrative bodies and institute a Wealth Distribution Program whereby state oil revenues would be distributed to citizens on a monthly basis for them to administer personally, in cooperation, and via local committees. Citing popular criticism of government performance in a long, wide ranging speech, [he] repeatedly stated that the traditional state would soon be “dead” in Libya and that direct rule by citizens would be accomplished through the distribution of oil revenues. [The military], foreign affairs, security, and oil production arrangements reportedly would remain national government responsibilities, while other bodies would be phased out. In early 2009, Libya’s Basic People’s Congresses considered variations of the proposals, and the General People’s Congress voted to delay implementation.3
The Wealth Redistribution Project, along with the establishment of an anarchist political system, was viewed as a very serious threat by the U.S., the E.U., and a group of corrupt Libyan officials. If successful it could have created political unrest amongst many domestic populations around the world. Internally, many Libyan officials were working to delay the project.
Why Mahmoud Jibril Joined the Transitional Council
Amongst the Libyan officials who was opposed to this project and viewed it with horror was Mahmoud Jibril. Jibril was put into place by Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. Because of strong influence and advice from the U.S. and the E.U., Saif Al-Islam selected Jibril to transform the Libyan economy and impose neo-liberal economic reforms.
Jibril would become the head of two bodies in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the National Planning Council of Libya and National Economic Development Board of Libya. While the National Economic Development Board was a regular ministry, the National Planning Council would actually put Jibril in a government position above that of the equivalent of the prime minister–the Office of the General-Secretary of the People’s Committee of Libya. Jibril actually was one of the forces that opened the doors for privatization and poverty in Libya.
About six months before the conflict erupted in Libya, Mahmoud Jibril actually met with Bernard-Henri Lévy in Australia to discuss forming the Transitional Council and deposing al-Qathafi.4 He described al-Qathafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project as “crazy” in minutes and documents from the National Economic Development Board of the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.5 Jibril believed that the masses were not fit to govern themselves and that an elite should control the fate and wealth of any nation. What Jibril wanted to do is downsize the government and layoff a large segment of the public sector, but in exchange increase government regulations in Libya. He would also always cite Singapore as the perfect example of a neo-liberal state. While in Singapore, which he regularly visited, it is likely that he meet with Bernard-Henri Lévy.
When the problems erupted in Benghazi, Mahmoud Jibril immediately went to Cairo, Egypt. He told his colleagues that he would be back in Tripoli soon, but he had no intention of returning. In reality, he went to Cairo to meet the leaders of the Syrian National Council and Lévy. They were all waiting for him to coordinate the events in Libya and Syria. This is one of the reasons that the Transitional Council has recognized the Syrian National Council as the legitimate government of Syria.
Mahmoud Jibril is now the prime minister of the Transitional Council of Libya. The opposition of Jibril to al-Qathafi’s Wealth Redistribution Project and his elitist attitude are amongst the reasons he conspired against al-Qathafi and helped form the Transitional Council. Is this ex-regime official, who has always been an open supporter of the Arab dictators in the Persian Gulf, really a representative of the people?
Henri Pierre Habib, Politics and Government of Revolutionary Libya (Montmagny, Québec: Le Cercle de Livre de France Ltée, 1975), p.1. [↩]
Regional African Satellite Communication Organization, “Launch of the Pan African Satellite,” July 26, 2010. [↩]
Christopher M. Blanchard and James Zanotti, “Libya Christopher M. Blanchard and James Zanotti, “Libya: Background and U.S. Relations,” Congressional Research Service, February 18, 2011,” Congressional Research Service, February 18, 2011, p.22. [↩]
Private discussions with Mahmoud Jiribil’s co-workers inside and outside of Libya. [↩]
Internal private documents from the National Economic Development Board [↩]
Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya is a Sociologist and Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG), Montréal. He specializes on the Middle East and Central Asia. He was on the ground in Libya for over two months and was also a Special Correspondent for Flashpoints. He has been releasing articles about Libya in conjunction with aired discussions with Cynthia McKinney on Freedom Now, a show aired 5:00 pm PST, Saturdays, on KPFK, Los Angeles, CA. Read other articles by Mahdi.
This article was posted on Friday, October 28th, 2011 at 8:00am
al-Qathafi and the African Moon
Some little-known Western reasons and not least (in addition to the other…) for having decided the total destruction of Muammar al-Qathafi‘s GREAT JAMAHIRIYA.
E.Le satellite panafricain de KADHAFI (Rascom) pour libérer l’Afrique.
le 14 févr. 2014
Quelques raisons occidentales peu connues et non pas des moindres (venant s’ajouter aux autres…)
pour avoir décidé la destruction totale de la Libye de Mouammar Kadhafi .
If you are among those who wondered why the French led this attack, look no further than money.
You can count be among those who have been puzzling as to why France led the charge against al-Qathafi. I can’t remember the last time, until now that the French led an international charge against anything so publicly.
According to this article, it is easy to understand the French wrath against al-Qathafi: ”…The 23.97€billion frozen by Mr Obama belongs to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Sirte, Libya; the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaoundé, Cameroon with a 33.56€ billion capital fund; and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria, which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last 50 years. “
Appreciation lingers especially in South Africa for Muammar al-Qathdafi’s opposition to South Africa’s apartheid, explains David Smith in the Guardian. al-Qathafi also gained influence by investing in projects throughout Africa. Just yesterday we heard that South Africa refused to release 0.8€. 5 billion of al-Qathafi’s assets and recognize the rebel authority.
Today, The Southern Times (the newspaper for Southern Africa) has a lengthy article titled Why the West Wants al-Qathafi out. It is very interesting and plausible.
HERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT THE SOUTHERN TIMES ARTICLE REPORTS THAT Gal-QATHAFI HAS DONE FOR AFRICA:
“It was al-Qathafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.
It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs in the continent.
This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual 399.55€ million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country. An African satellite only cost a one-time payment of 319.64€ million and the continent no longer had to pay a 399.55€million annual lease.
The first totally indigenously built satellite and manufactured on African soil, in Algeria, is set for 2020.
This satellite is aimed at competing with the best in the world, but at ten times less the cost, a real challenge.
This is how a symbolic gesture of a mere 239.73€ million changed the life of an entire continent.
al-Qathafi’s Libya cost the West, not just depriving it of 399.55€ million per year but the billions of dollars in debt and interest that the initial loan would generate for years to come and in an exponential manner, thereby helping maintain a system that plundered the continent. “
AND THERE ARE MANY MORE REASONS WHY AFRICANS LIKE al-QATHAFI
Jean-Paul Pougala, in an analysis that traces Libya’s role in shaping the African Union and the development of the continent, reasons that it was al-Qathafi who offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas. This is the first of three articles that M Pougala will write for our readers this week. We hope you enjoy his analysis. Editor.
Africans should think about the real reasons why western countries are waging war on Libya. It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs. This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual 399.55€ million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country.
An African satellite only cost a onetime payment of319.64€ million and the continent no longer had to pay a 399.55€ million annual lease. Which banker wouldn’t finance such a project? But the problem remained – how can slaves, seeking to free themselves from their master’s exploitation ask the master’s help to achieve that freedom? Not surprisingly, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the USA, Europe only made vague promises for 14 years. al-Qathafi put an end to these futile pleas to the western ‘benefactors’ with their exorbitant interest rates. The Libyan guide put 239.73€ million on the table; the African Development Bank added 39.96€ million more and the West African Development Bank a further 21.58€ million – and that’s how Africa got its first communications satellite on 26 December 2007.
China and Russia followed suit and shared their technology and helped launch satellites for South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Algeria and a second African satellite was launched in July 2010. The first totally indigenously built satellite and manufactured on African soil, in Algeria, is set for 2020. This satellite is aimed at competing with the best in the world, but at ten times less the cost, a real challenge.
This is how a symbolic gesture of a mere 239.73€ million changed the life of an entire continent. Qathafi’s Libya cost the West, not just depriving it of 399.55€ million per year but the billions of dollars in debt and interest that the initial loan would generate for years to come and in an exponential manner, thereby helping maintain an occult system in order to plunder the continent.
The 23.97€ billion frozen by Mr Obama belong to the Libyan Central Bank and had been earmarked as the Libyan contribution to three key projects which would add the finishing touches to the African federation – the African Investment Bank in Syrte, Libya, the establishment in 2011 of the African Monetary Fund to be based in Yaounde with a 33.56€ billion capital fund and the Abuja-based African Central Bank in Nigeria which when it starts printing African money will ring the death knell for the CFA franc through which Paris has been able to maintain its hold on some African countries for the last fifty years. It is easy to understand the French wrath against al-Qathafi.
The African Monetary Fund is expected to totally supplant the African activities of the International Monetary Fund which, with only 19.98€ billion, was able to bring an entire continent to its knees and make it swallow questionable privatisation like forcing African countries to move from public to private monopolies. No surprise then that on 16-17December 2010, the Africans unanimously rejected attempts by Western countries to join the African Monetary Fund, saying it was open only to African nations.
It is increasingly obvious that after Libya, the western coalition will go after Algeria, because apart from its huge energy resources, the country has cash reserves of around €150 billion. This is what lures the countries that are bombing Libya and they all have one thing in common – they are practically bankrupt. The USA alone, has a staggering debt of $US14,000 billion, France, Great Britain and Italy each have a1,598.21€ billion public deficit compared to less than 319.64€ billion in public debt for 46 African countries combined.
Inciting spurious wars in Africa in the hope that this will revitalise their economies which are sinking ever more into the doldrums will ultimately hasten the western decline which actually began in 1884 during the notorious Berlin Conference. As the American economist Adam Smith predicted in 1865 when he publicly backed Abraham Lincoln for the abolition of slavery, ‘the economy of any country which relies on the slavery of blacks is destined to descend into hell the day those countries awaken’.
To destabilise and destroy the African union which was veering dangerously (for the West) towards a United States of Africa under the guiding hand of al-Qathafi, the European Union first tried, unsuccessfully, to create the Union for the Mediterranean (UPM). North Africa somehow had to be cut off from the rest of Africa, using the old tired racist clichés of the 18th and 19th centuries, which claimed that Africans of Arab origin were more evolved and civilised than the rest of the continent. This failed because al-Qathafi refused to buy into it. He soon understood what game was being played when only a handful of African countries were invited to join the Mediterranean grouping without informing the African Union but inviting all 27 members of the European Union.
Without the driving force behind the African Federation, the UPM failed even before it began, still-born with Sarkozy as president and Mubarak as vice president. The French foreign minister, Alain Juppe is now attempting to re-launch the idea, banking no doubt on the fall of al-Qathafi. What African leaders fail to understand is that as long as the European Union continues to finance the African Union, the status quo will remain, because no real independence. This is why the European Union has encouraged and financed regional groupings in Africa.
It is obvious that the West African Economic Community (ECOWAS), which has an embassy in Brussels and depends for the bulk of its funding on the European Union, is a vociferous opponent to the African federation. That’s why Lincoln fought in the US war of secession because the moment a group of countries come together in a regional political organisation, it weakens the main group. That is what Europe wanted and the Africans have never understood the game plan, creating a plethora of regional groupings, COMESA, UDEAC, SADC, and the Great Maghreb which never saw the light of day thanks to al-Qathafi who understood what was happening.
In tomorrow’s issue, M Pougala looks at how Col al-Qathafi helped the freedom movements of Southern Africa and how he spent his country’s money to help African countries fight colonial rule to gain their own independence. Do not miss it. Only here at The London Evening Post.
While the world press continues to bring to our TV screens and in newspapers the atrocities being committed in the Libyan Arab Peoples Jamahiriya, writer Jean-Paul Pougala continues today with his second part of his analysis on Col Muammar Gal-Qathafi’s leadership. He expounds the qualities of the Libyan leader, especially the role he played in helping African liberation movements attain independence. We are publishing his opinions for our readers to make your own minds as to whether to believe him. Comments are most welcome. Read on.
For most Africans, al-Qathafi is a generous man, a humanist, known for his unselfish support for the struggle against the racist regime in South Africa. If he had been an egotist, he wouldn’t have risked the wrath of the West to help the ANC both militarily and financially in the fight against apartheid. This was why Mandela, soon after his release from 27 years in jail, decided to break the UN embargo and travel to Libya on 23 October 1997. For five long years, no plane could touch down in Libya because of the embargo. One needed to take a plane to the Tunisian city of Jerba and continue by road for five hours to reach Ben Gardane, cross the border and continue on a desert road for three hours before reaching Tripoli. The other solution was to go through Malta, and take a night ferry on ill-maintained boats to the Libyan coast. A hellish journey for a whole people, simply to punish one man.
Mandela didn’t mince his words when the former US president Bill Clinton said the visit was an ‘unwelcome’ one – ‘No country can claim to be the policeman of the world and no state can dictate to another what it should do’. He added – ‘Those that yesterday were friends of our enemies have the gall today to tell me not to visit my brother al-Qathafi, they are advising us to be ungrateful and forget our friends of the past.’
Indeed, the West still considered the South African racists to be their brothers who needed to be protected. That’s why the members of the ANC, including Nelson Mandela, were considered to be dangerous terrorists. It was only on 2 July 2008, that the US Congress finally voted a law to remove the name of Nelson Mandela and his ANC comrades from their black list, not because they realised how stupid that list was but because they wanted to mark Mandela’s 90th birthday. If the West was truly sorry for its past support for Mandela’s enemies and really sincere when they name streets and places after him, how can they continue to wage war against someone who helped Mandela and his people to be victorious, al-Qathafi?
And what if al-Qathafi’s Libya were more democratic than the USA, France, Britain and other countries waging war to export democracy to Libya? On 19 March 2003, President George Bush began bombing Iraq under the pretext of bringing democracy. On 19 March 2011, exactly eight years later to the day, it was the French president’s turn to rain down bombs over Libya, once again claiming it was to bring democracy. Nobel peace prize-winner and US President Obama says unleashing cruise missiles from submarines is to oust the dictator and introduce democracy.
The question that anyone with even minimum intelligence cannot help asking is the following: Are countries like France, England, the USA, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Poland, who defend their right to bomb Libya on the strength of their self-proclaimed democratic status really democratic? If yes, are they more democratic than al-Qathafi’s Libya? The answer in fact is a resounding NO, for the plain and simple reason that democracy doesn’t exist. This isn’t a personal opinion, but a quote from someone whose native town Geneva, hosts the bulk of UN institutions. The quote is from Jean Jacques Rousseau, born in Geneva in 1712 and who writes in chapter four of the third book of the famous ‘Social Contract’ that ‘there never was a true democracy and there never will be.’
Rousseau sets out the following four conditions for a country to be labelled a democracy and according to these, al-Qathafi’s Libya is far more democratic than the USA, France and the others claiming to export democracy:
1. The State: The bigger a country, the less democratic it can be. According to Rousseau, the state has to be extremely small so that people can come together and know each other. Before asking people to vote, one must ensure that everybody knows everyone else, otherwise voting will be an act without any democratic basis, a simulacrum of democracy to elect a dictator.
The Libyan state is based on a system of tribal allegiances, which by definition group people together in small entities. The democratic spirit is much more present in a tribe, a village than in a big country, simply because people know each other, share a common life rhythm which involves a kind of self-regulation or even self-censorship in that the reactions and counter reactions of other members impacts on the group.
From this perspective, it would appear that Libya fits Rousseau’s conditions better than the USA, France and Great Britain, all highly urbanised societies where most neighbours don’t even say hello to each other and therefore don’t know each other even if they have lived side by side for twenty years. These countries leapfrogged leaped into the next stage – ‘the vote’ – which has been cleverly sanctified to obfuscate the fact that voting on the future of the country is useless if the voter doesn’t know the other citizens. This has been pushed to ridiculous limits with voting rights being given to people living abroad. Communicating with and amongst each other is a precondition for any democratic debate before an election.
2. Simplicity in customs and behavioural patterns are also essential if one is to avoid spending the bulk of the time debating legal and judicial procedures in order to deal with the multitude of conflicts of interest inevitable in a large and complex society. Western countries define themselves as civilised nations with a more complex social structure whereas Libya is described as a primitive country with a simple set of customs. This aspect too indicates that Libya responds better to Rousseau’s democratic criteria than all those trying to give lessons in democracy. Conflicts in complex societies are most often won by those with more power, which is why the rich manage to avoid prison because they can afford to hire top lawyers and instead arrange for state repression to be directed against someone one who stole a banana in a supermarket rather than a financial criminal who ruined a bank. In the city of New York for example where 75 per cent of the population is white, 80 per cent of management posts are occupied by whites who make up only 20 per cent of incarcerated people.
3. Equality in status and wealth: A look at the Forbes 2010 list shows who the richest people in each of the countries currently bombing Libya are and the difference between them and those who earn the lowest salaries in those nations; a similar exercise on Libya will reveal that in terms of wealth distribution, Libya has much more to teach than those fighting it now, and not the contrary. So here too, using Rousseau’s criteria, Libya is more democratic than the nations pompously pretending to bring democracy. In the USA, 5 per cent of the population owns 60 per cent of the national wealth, making it the most unequal and unbalanced society in the world.
4. No luxuries: According to Rousseau, there can’t be any luxury if there is to be democracy. Luxury, he says, makes wealth a necessity which then becomes a virtue in itself, it, and not the welfare of the people becomes the goal to be reached at all cost, ‘Luxury corrupts both the rich and the poor, the one through possession and the other through envy; it makes the nation soft and prey to vanity; it distances people from the State and enslaves them, making them a slave to opinion.’
Is there more luxury in France than in Libya? The reports on employees committing suicide because of stressful working conditions even in public or semi-public companies, all in the name of maximising profit for a minority and keeping them in luxury, happen in the West, not in Libya.
The American sociologist C. Wright Mills wrote in 1956 that American democracy was a ‘dictatorship of the elite’. According to Mills, the USA is not a democracy because it is money that talks during elections and not the people. The results of each election are the expression of the voice of money and not the voice of the people. After Bush senior and Bush junior, they are already talking about a younger Bush for the 2012 Republican primaries. Moreover, as Max Weber pointed out, since political power is dependent on the bureaucracy, the US has 43 million bureaucrats and military personnel who effectively rule the country but without being elected and are not accountable to the people for their actions. One person (a rich one) is elected, but the real power lies with the caste of the wealthy who then get nominated to be ambassadors, generals, etc.
How many people in these self-proclaimed democracies know that Peru’s constitution prohibits an outgoing president from seeking a second consecutive mandate? How many know that in Guatemala, not only can an outgoing president not seek re-election to the same post, no one from that person’s family can aspire to the top job either? Or that Rwanda is the only country in the world that has 56 per cent female parliamentarians? How many people know that in the 2007 CIA index, four of the world’s best-governed countries are African? That the top prize goes to Equatorial Guinea whose public debt represents only 1.14 per cent of GDP?
Rousseau maintains that civil wars, revolts and rebellions are the ingredients of the beginning of democracy. Because democracy is not an end, but a permanent process of the reaffirmation of the natural rights of human beings which in countries all over the world (without exception) are trampled upon by a handful of men and women who have hijacked the power of the people to perpetuate their supremacy. There are here and there groups of people who have usurped the term ‘democracy’ – instead of it being an ideal towards which one strives it has become a label to be appropriated or a slogan which is used by people who can shout louder than others. If a country is calm, like France or the USA, that is to say without any rebellions, it only means, from Rousseau’s perspective, that the dictatorial system is sufficiently repressive to pre-empt any revolt.
It wouldn’t be a bad thing if the Libyans revolted. What is bad is to affirm that people stoically accept a system that represses them all over the world without reacting. And Rousseau concludes: ‘Malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium – translation – If gods were people, they would govern themselves democratically. Such a perfect government is not applicable to human beings.’ To claim that one is killing Libyans for their own good is a hoax.
Jean-Paul Pougala is a Cameroonian writer. Translated from the French by Sputnik Kilambi. Courtesy of Pambazuka News. Edited by Henry Gombya. Courtesy of Pambazuka News. Please do not miss the last part of M Pougala’s analysis here Wednesday.
MU’AMMAR al-QATHAFI‘s lectures on the Third Universal Theory:
~ Human Rights for the Third Millennium ~
1. DEMOCRACY 2. PRISONERS – 3. MOVEMENT – 4. CITIZENSHIP – 5. VIOLENCE – 6. UNIONS – 7. PRIVACY – 8. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT – 9. JUSTICE – 10. RELIGION – 11. PRODUCERS – 12. LAND – 13. HOUSE – 14. WELFARE – 15. EDUCATION – 16. NATION – 17. DISCRIMINATION – 18. STRUGGLE 19. CULTURE – 20. CHILDREN – 21.WOMAN – 22. SLAVERY – 23. PEACE – 24. DISARMAMENT – 25. DEFENCE – 26. REDRESS
Inspired by the Proclamation of the Great Green Charter for Human Rights on 12th June, 1988, the first Human Rights Charter to be issued by the people gathered in popular congresses, signalling the end of the era of the republics and the dawn of the era of the masses, as well as a new advancement in the definition of human rights;
Led by the Green Book , guide of humanity for the total deliverance from the power of individuals, classes, clans, tribes or parties, and the path towards the establishment of a society for all (the Jamahiriya) where all human beings are free and equal in the exercise of power and in the possession of wealth and arms;
Convinced that the rights of Man, vicegerent of God on earth, cannot be the gift of a person nor exist in societies where exploitation and tyranny are practised, and can only be achieved by the victory of the popular masses over their oppressors and the disappearance of regimes which annihilate freedom;
that the establishment of the power of the popular masses will consolidate their existence on earth, when the sovereignty of the people will be exercised directly through legislative popular congresses and executive people’s committees;
that human rights cannot be guaranteed in a world where there exist governors and governed, masters and slaves, rich and poor;
Aware that human misery cannot disappear, nor human rights be affirmed, except by building a world where the people hold the power, the wealth and the arms; a world where governments and armies will disappear, and where communities, peoples and nations will be rid of all danger of war, a world of peace, respect, agreement and co-operation;
On the basis of the above,
the Green Charter International was formed to link men and women around the world who wish to achieve, promote and defend the true Human Rights and freedoms of this new age, the era of the masses, which were proclaimed by the free people, gathered in popular congresses in the Great Green Charter of Human Rights as the following:1. Democracy is the power of the people, not only the expression of the people. We declare that power belongs to the people. It is exercised directly, without intermediary or representatives in the popular congresses and the people’s committees. TOP
2. We consider the life of the individual sacred and protect it. We forbid its alienation. Imprisonment can only be exercised against those for whom liberty constitutes a danger or a contamination of others. The aim of punishment is to renew society, to protect its human values and its interests. We proscribe punishments which attack the dignity and the integrity of the human being, such as forced labour or long-term imprisonment. We proscribe all attacks, physical or mental, on the person of the prisoner. We condemn all speculations and experiments of any kind upon prisoners. Punishment is personal and suffered by the individual following a criminal act on which it is necessarily contingent. The punishment and its consequences cannot extend to the family nor the persons close to the criminal. “One only commits evil to one’s own detriment and nobody will assume what he has not committed”. TOP
3. We are, in times of peace, free inall our movements and in the choice of our residence. TOP
4. Citizenship is a sacred right. Nobody can be deprived of it or have it removed. TOP
5. We forbid clandestine action and recourse to force in all its forms, violence, terrorism and sabotage. These acts constitute a betrayal of the values and principles of the Jamahiriya, which affirms the sovereignty of the individual in the popular congresses, guaranteeing the right to express opinions publicly. We reject and condemn violence as a means of imposing ideas and opinions. We adopt democratic dialogue as the only method of debate and consider any hostile relation towards the Jamahiriya linked to a foreign instance, whatever its form, as high treason against it. TOP
6. We are free to form unions, trade unions and leagues to defend our professional interests. TOP
7. We are free in our private acts and our personal relations. Nobody can involve themselves therein, except at a complaint from one of the partners concerned or if the act and the relation attack or are prejudicial to society, or if they are contrary to its values. TOP
8. We consider the life of the human being to be sacred and protect it. Our objective is to abolish capital punishment. To this end, the death penalty can only be exercised against an individual whose existence constitutes a danger or is deleterious to society. The person condemned to death may request that his sentence be lightened or, instead of his life, offer a personal tribute. The court may commute the penalty if this decision is not prejudicial to society or if it is not contrary to human values. We condemn the application of the execution of capital punishment by repugnant methods, such as the electric chair, the use of toxic gas or injections. TOP
9. The Jamahiriya guarantees the right to plead and the independence of the judicial system. Each of its members is entitled to a fair and complete trial. TOP
10. Our judgments are based on sacred law, religion or custom, the terms of which are stable, unchangeable and for which there can be no substitute. We declare that religion is an absolute belief in the divinity and a sacred spiritual value. It is personal to each person and common to everyone. It is a direct relationship with the Creator, without intermediary. We proscribe its monopoly and its exploitation for purposes of subversion, fanaticism, sectarianism, partisan spirit and fratricidal war. TOP
11. The Jamahiriya guarantees the right to work. It is a right and a duty for everyone, in the limits of one’s personal effort or in association with others. Everybody has the right to exercise the work of their choice. The Jamahiriya is one of partners and not one of paid employees. Ownership, the fruit of labour, is sacred and protected, it can only be attacked in the public interest and with fair compensation. The Jamahiriya is free from the slavery of salaries, stating the right of everybody over their labour and production. Only those who produce consume. TOP
12. We are liberated from any feudalism. The land is nobody’s property. Each person has the right to exploit it and to benefit from it by labour, agriculture or animal-keeping, throughout one’s life, that of one’s heirs, and within the limits of personal effort and the satisfaction of needs. TOP
13. We are free from any rent. A house belongs to the person who lives in it. It enjoys a sacred immunity in respect of rights of neighbourhood: “your close neighbours or distant neighbours”. The residence cannot be used to harm society. TOP
14. The Jamahiriya is united. It guarantees everyone a worthy and prosperous life and a developed state of health, so as to achieve a society of healthy people. It guarantees protection of childhood, motherhood, old age and of invalids. The Jamahiriya is the guardian of all those who do not have a guardian. TOP
15. Education and knowledge are natural rights for everyone. Any individual has the right to choose the education and the knowledge which suits them, without imposed constraint or orientation. TOP
16. The Jamahiriya is the society of goodness and of noble values. It considers ideals and human principles sacred. Its aim is a humanitarian society where aggression, war, exploitation and terrorism will be banished and where there will be no difference between great and small. All nations, all peoples, and all national communities have the right to live free, according to their options and the principles of self-determination. They have the right to establish their national entity. Minorities have the right to safeguard their entity and their heritage. The legitimate aspirations of the latter cannot be repressed. Neither can they be assimilated by force into one or several different nations or national communities. TOP
17. We affirm the right of each person to profit from the benefits, the advantages, the values and the principles which are obtained by the harmony, cohesion, union, affinity and the affection of the family, the tribe, the nation and humanity. To this end, we work to establish the natural national entity of our nation and support all those who fight to achieve this aim. We reject any segregation between men due to their colour, their race, their religion or their culture. TOP
18. We protect liberty. We defend it everywhere in the world. We support the oppressed, and encourage all peoples to confront injustice, oppression, exploitation and colonialism. We encourage them to combat imperialism, racism and fascism, in accordance with the principle of the collective struggle of peoples against the enemies of liberty. TOP
19. The Jamahiriya is a society of splendour and fulfilment. It guarantees each person the right of thought, creation and innovation. The Jamahiriya works for the development of the sciences, the arts and literature. It guarantees they will be disseminated among the popular masses so as to prohibit any monopoly on them. TOP
20. We affirm the sacred right to be born into a coherent family, where motherhood, fatherhood and brotherhood prevail. Fulfilment of the human being is only in compliance with his nature if it is assured by natural motherhood and feeding. The child must be brought up by its mother. TOP
21. We are, men or women, equal in everything which is human. The distinction of rights between men and women is a flagrant injustice which nothing justifies. We proclaim that marriage is a fair association between two equal partners. Nobody can conclude a marriage contract by constraint, nor divorce in any other way than by mutual consent or by a fair judgement. It is unfair to dispossess the children of their mother, and the mother of her home. TOP
22. We consider servants as the slaves of modern times, enslaved by their masters. No law governs their situation, and they have no guarantee nor protection. They live under the arbitrary nature of their masters, and are victims of tyranny. They are forced, by necessity and in order to survive, to carry out work which ridicules their dignity and human feelings. For this reason, we proscribe recourse to servants in the home. The house must be maintained by its owners. TOP
23. We are convinced that peace between nations can guarantee them prosperity, abundance and harmony. We call for an end to the trade of arms and their manufacture for purposes of exploitation. The arms industry constitutes a waste of wealth of societies, a burden on individual taxpayers, causing the spread of destruction and annihilation in the world. TOP
24. We call for the suppression of nuclear, bacteriological and chemical weapons and any other means of massive extermination and destruction. We call for elimination of all the existing stocks, for the preservation of humanity from the dangers represented by the waste from nuclear power stations. TOP
25. We undertake to protect our society and political system based on popular power. We also undertake to safeguard its values, principles and interests. We regard collective defence as the only means to preserve them. We think that the defence of the Jamahiriya is the responsibility of every citizen, man or woman. Nobody can have a substitute when confronted with death. TOP
26. We commit ourselves to the bases of this charter. We do not allow them to be infringed and forbid ourselves any act contrary to the principles and rights that it guarantees. Each person has the right to plead under the law for the purpose of reparation of any attacks on the rights and liberties that it announces. TOP
27. We offer the world The Green Book, the guide and path of emancipation for the acquisition of liberty. We announce to the popular masses the advent of a new age, when corrupt regimes will be abolished and from which any trace of tyranny and exploitation will be removed.
Libya War: What They Don’t Want You to Know
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We are taught all our lives that our modern political systems are “by and for the people.” In order to justify taking us to war, then, our misleaders have to convince us that war is not a racket, as General Smedley Butler revealed, and is not for the benefit of the industrialists who sell the munitions or the politicians in their back pocket or the financiers that own them both, but in the interest of the average man or woman. In other words, they lie through their teeth.
Find out more about the lies that led us to Libya in 2011, and the cover up of what is taking place there today in this week’s edition of The Eyeopener report.
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Complete text of the Green Book by Libyan leader Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi
“The Solution of the Problem of Democracy — The Authority of the People” (1975)
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1. The Instrument of Governing
3. The Party
6. Popular Congresses and People’s Committees
7. The Law of Society
8. Who Supervises the Conduct of Society?
9. How Does Society Readjust its Direction
in Case of Deviation from its Law?
10. The Press
THE INSTRUMENT OF GOVERNING
‘The Instrument of Governing is the prime political problem which faces human communities.’
Even the conflict within the family is,often, the result of this problem.
‘This problem has become serious since the emergence of modern societies.’
Peoples, nowadays, face this persistent problem and communities suffer from various risks and grave consequences to which it leads.
They have not yet succeeded in solving it finally and democratically.
The GREEN BOOK presents the final solution to the problem of the instrument of governing.
All political systems in the world today are the product of the struggle for power between instruments of governing.
The struggle may be peaceful or armed, such as the conflict of classes, sects, tribes, parties or individuals.
The result is always the victory of an instrument of governing — be it an individual, group, party or class and the defeat of the people, i.e. the defeat of genuine democracy.
Political struggle that results in the victory of a candidate with 51 per cent of the votes leads to a dictatorial governing body disguised as a false democracy, since 49 percent of the electorate is ruled by an instrument of governing they did not vote for, but had imposed upon them.
This is dictatorship.
Besides, this political conflict may produce a governing body that represents only a minority, for when votes are distributed among several candidates, one of them polls more than any other candidate.
But if the votes polled by those who received less are added up, they can constitute an over whelming majority. However, the candidate with fewer votes wins and his success is regarded as legitimate and democratic!
In actual fact, dictatorship is established under the cover of false democracy. This is the reality of the political systems prevailing in the world today. They are dictatorial systems and it seems clear that they falsify genuine democracy.
No representation in lieu of the people
Parliaments are the backbone of traditional democracy as it exists today.
A parliament is a misrepresentation of the people and parliamentary governments are a misleading solution to the problem of democracy. A parliament is originally founded to represent the people, but this in itself, is undemocratic as democracy means the authority of the people and not an authority acting on their behalf.
The mere existence of a parliament means the absence of the people, but true democracy exists only through the participation of the people, not through the activity of their representatives.
Parliaments have been a legal barrier between the peoples and the exercise of authority, excluding masses from power while usurping sovereignty in their place.
Peoples are left with only false external appearance of democracy manifested in long queues to cast their votes in the ballot boxes.
Representation is a denial of participation
To lay bare the character of the parliament, we have to look to the origin of such a parliament. The parliament is either elected from constituencies or a party or a coalition of parties, or is formed by some method of appointment. But all these procedures are undemocratic, for dividing the population into constituencies means that one member of parliament represents thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of people, depending on the size of population.
Representation is a falsification of democracy
It also means that the member keeps no popular organisational link with the electors since he, like other members, is looked upon as a representative of the whole people.
This is what the prevailing traditional democracy requires. The masses, therefore, are completely isolated from the representative and he, in turn, is totally separated from them. For immediately after winning their votes he himself
usurps their sovereignty and acts instead of them.
The prevailing traditional democracy endows the member of a parliament with a sacredness and immunity denied to other individual members of the people.
That means that parliaments have become a means of plundering and usurping the people’s authority. Hence the people have the right to struggle, through the popular revolution, to destroy instruments which usurp democracy and sovereignty and take them away from the masses.
They also have the right to utter the new principle, no representation in lieu of the people. If, however, the parliament emerges from a party as a result of winning an election, it is a parliament of the party and not of the people. It represents the party and not the people, and the executive power assigned by the parliament is that of the winning party and not of the people.
The same is true of the parliament in which each party holds a number of seats. For the members of the parliament represent their party and not the people, and the power established by such a coalition is the power of the combined parties and not of the people. Under such systems the people are victims fooled and exploited by political bodies.
The people stand silently in long queues to cast their votes in the ballot boxes the same way as they throw other
papers into the dustbin.
This is the traditional democracy prevalent in the whole world, whether the system is one-party, two-party, multiparty or non-party. Thus it becomes clear that representation is fraud. Assemblies formed by a method of appointment or hereditary succession do not fall under any form of democracy.
Moreover, since the system of elected parliaments is based on propaganda to win votes, it is a demagogic system in the real sense of the word. and votes can be bought and falsified. Poor people fail to compete in the election campaign and it is always the rich — and only the rich — who come out victorious.
Philosophers, thinkers and writers advocated the theory of representative government at a time when the peoples, without realizing it, were driven like sheep by kings, sultans and conquerors.
The ultimate aspiration of the people of those times was to have someone to represent them before such rulers. Even that aspiration was nullified.
Peoples went through long and bitter struggles to attain what they aspired to. After the successful establishment of the era of the republics and the beginning of the era of the masses, it is unreasonable that democracy should mea the electing of only a few representatives to act on behalf of great masses. This is an obsolete theory and an outdated experience.
The whole authority must be the people’s.
The most tyrannical dictatorships the world has known have existed under the shadow of parliaments.
The party system aborts democracy
The party is the contemporary dictatorship. It is the modern dictatorial instrument of governing. The party is the rule of a part over the whole. It is the latest dictatorial instrument. As the party is not individual it exercises a sham democracy through establishing parliaments and committees and through the propaganda of its members. The party is not a democratic instrument at all because it is composed of people who have common interests, a common outlook or a common culture; or who belong to the same locality or have the same belief.
To make a party you split society.
They form a party to achieve their ends, impose their outlook or extend the hold of their belief on the society as a whole. A party’s aim is to achieve power under the pretext of carrying out its program. And yet, democratically, none of these parties should govern the whole people because of the diversity of interests, ideas, temperaments, localities and beliefs, which constitute the people’s identity.
The party is a dictatorial instrument of governing that enables those with one outlook and a common interest to rule the people as a whole. Compared with the people, the party is a minority.
The purpose of forming a party is to create an instrument to rule the people; namely to rule over non-members of the party. For the party is, fundamentally, based on an arbitrary authoritarian theory . . . i.e. the domination of the members of the party over the rest of individual members of the people. The party presupposes that its accession t power is the way to attain its ends, assuming that its objectives are the objectives of the people.
That is the theory of the justification of party dictatorship, which is the basis for any dictatorship. No matter how many parties there are, the theory remains one and the same.
But the existence of many parties escalates the struggle for power and this results in the destruction of any achievements of the people and of any socially beneficial plans. Such destruction is seized upon by the opposition party as a justification to undermine the position of the ruling party so that it may take over from them.
The parties in their struggle resort, if not to arms, which rarely happens, then to denouncing and stultifying the actions of each other. This is a battle which is inevitably waged at the expense of the higher and vital interests of the society.
Some, if not all, of those higher interests will be victims of the power struggle of instruments of governing.
For the destruction of those interests supports the opposition party or parties in their argument against the ruling party.
The opposition party, as an instrument of governing, has to oust the ruling body in order to have access to authority. To prove the unfitness of the instrument of governing, the opposition party has to destroy its achievements and to cast doubt on its plans, even if those plans are beneficial to the society. Consequently the interests and programs of the society become victims of the parties’ struggle for power.
Such struggle is, therefore, politically, socially and economically destructive to the society, despite the fact that it creates political activity.
Besides, the struggle results in the victory of another instrument of governing, i.e., the fall of one party and the rise of another. But it is a defeat for the people, a defeat for democracy.
Furthermore, parties can be bought or bribed either from inside or outside.
Originally, the party is formed to represent the people. Then the leading group of the party represents its members and the supreme leader of the party represents the leading group.
It becomes clear that the party game is a deceitful farce based on a sham form of democracy which has a selfish content based on maneuvers, tricks and political games.
All these emphasize that the party-system is a dictatorial, yet modern, instrument.
The party system is an overt, not a covert, dictatorship.
The world has not yet passed beyond it and it is rightly called ‘the dictatorship of the modern age’.
The parliament of the winning party is indeed a parliament of the party, as the executive power assigned by this parliament is the power of the party over the people.
Party power, which is supposed to be for the good of the whole people, is actually a bitter enemy of a part of the people, namely the opposition party or parties and their supporters.
So the opposition is not a popular check on the ruling party, but is itself seeking a chance to replace the ruling party. According to modern democracy, the legal check on the ruling party is the parliament, the majority of whos members are from that ruling party.
That is to say, checking is in the hands of the ruling party and rule is in the hands of the checking party. Thus
become clear the deceptiveness, falsity and invalidity of the political theories dominant in the world today, from which contemporary traditional democracy emerges.
The party is only a part of the people, but the sovereignty of the people is indivisible.
The party governs on behalf of the people, but the principle is no representation in lieu of the people.
The party system is the modern tribal and sectarian system.
The society governed by one party is exactly like that which is governed by one tribe or one sect.
The party, as stated above, represents the outlook of a certain group of people, or the interests of one group of the society, or one belief or one locality.
Such a party must be a minority compared to the whole people just as the tribe and the sect are.
The minority has common interests or a sectarian belief. From such interests or belief, the common outlook is formed.
Only blood-relationship distinguishes a tribe from a party and even at the foundation of a party there may be blood relationship.
There is no difference between party struggles and tribal or sectarian struggles for power. And if tribal and sectarian rule is politically rejected and disavowed, then the party system must similarly be rejected and disavowed.
Both of them tread the same path and lead to the same end. The negative and destructive effect on the society of the
tribal and sectarian struggles is identical to the negative and destructive effect of the party struggle.
The class political system is the same as the party, the tribal, or sectarian system, i.e. a class dominates the society in the same way that a party, tribe or sect does. The class, like the party, sect and tribe, is a group of people from the society who share common interests.
Common interests arise from the existence of a group of people bound together by blood relationship, belief, culture, locality or standard of living. Also class, party, sect and tribe emerge from similar factors leading to similar results, i.e. they emerge because blood relationship, belief, standard of living culture and locality create a common outlook to achieve a common end.
Thus emerges the social structure in the forms of class, party, tribe or sect that eventually becomes a political conception directed toward realizing the outlook and ends of that group.
In all cases the people are neither the class, the party, the tribe nor the sect; these are no more than a part of the people and constitute a minority.
If a class, party, tribe or sect dominates a society, the whole system becomes a dictatorship.
However, a class or tribal coalition is better than a party coalition because the people consist originally of a group
of tribes. One seldom finds people who do not belong to a tribe, and all people belong to a certain class. But no party
or parties embrace all the people and therefore the party or party coalition represents a minority compared to the
masses outside its membership.
Under genuine democracy there is no excuse for one class to crush other classes for its own benefit, no excuse for one party to crush other parties for its own interests, no excuse for one tribe to crush other tribes for its own benefit and no excuse for one sect to crush other sects for its own interests.
To allow such actions means abandoning the logic of democracy and resorting to the logic of force.
Such an action is dictatorial, because it is not in the interest of the whole society, which does not consist of only one class or tribe or sect or the members of one party.
There is no justification for such an action. The dictatorial justification is that the society is actually made up of various parts, and one of the parts undertakes the liquidation of other parts in order to stand solely in power.
This action is then not in the interest of the whole society, but in the interest of a certain class, tribe, sect or party,
i.e., it is in the interest of those who replace the society. The action of liquidation is originally directed against
the members of the society who do not belong to the party, the class, the tribe or the sect which undertakes the liquidation.
The society torn apart by party struggles is similar to one torn by tribal and sectarian struggles.
The party that is formed in the name of a class automatically becomes a substitute for that class and continues until it becomes a replacement for the class hostile to it.
Any class which becomes heir to a society, inherits, at the same time, its characteristics. That is to say that if the working class crushes all other classes, for instance, it becomes heir of the society, that is, it becomes the material and social base of the society.
The heir bears the traits of the one he inherits from, though they may not be evident at once. As time passes, attributes of other eliminated classes emerge in the very ranks of the working class. And the possessors of those characteristics take the attitudes and points of view appropriate to their characteristics.
Thus the working class turns out to be a separate society, showing the same contradictions as the old society. The material and moral standards of the members of the society are diverse at first but then there emerge the factions that automatically develop into classes, like those which had been eliminated.
Thus the struggle for domination of the society starts again. Each group of people, then each faction and finally each new class, tries to become the instrument of governing.
The material base of the society is not stable because it has a social aspect. The instrument of governing of the single material base of the society will, perhaps, be stable for some time,
but it will pass away as soon as new material and social standards emerge out of the same single material base.
Any society with class conflict was in the past a one-class society but, due to inevitable evolution, the conflicting classes emerged from that one class.
The class that expropriates the possessions of others in order to maintain the instrument of governing for its own interests, will find that material possessions have brought within that class what material possessions usually bring about within the society as a whole.
In short, attempts to unify the material base of the society to solve the problem of government or to put an end to the struggle in favor of party,class, sect or tribe, have failed, such as the efforts to satisfy the masses through the election of representatives or by organizing plebiscites to discover their views. To go on with these efforts has become a waste of time and a mockery of the people.
The fallacy of a ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ Plebiscite
Plebiscites are a fraud against democracy.
Those who say ‘yes’ and those who say ‘no’ do not, in fact, express their will. They have been silenced through the conception of modern democracy.
They have been allowed to utter only one word: either ‘yes’ or ‘no’. This is the most cruel and oppressive dictatorial system. He who says ‘no’ should give reasons for his answer.
He should explain why he did not say ‘yes’. And he who says ‘yes’ should give reasons for approval and why he did not say ‘no’. Everyone should make clear what he wants and the reasons for his approval or rejection.
What road, then, must human groups take to get rid, once and for all, of the tyrannical and dictatorial ages?
Since the intricate problem in the case of democracy is the instrument of governing, expressed by conflicts of classes, parties and individuals; and since the electoral and plebiscite
methods were invented to cover the failure of those unsuccessful experiments to solve this problem, the solution lies in finding an instrument of governing other than these which are subject to conflict and which represent only on side of the society.
That is to say, an instrument of governing which is not a party, a class, a sect or a tribe, but an instrument of governing which is the people as a whole. It neither represents the people nor speaks in their name.
No representation in lieu of the people and representation is fraud.
If that instrument can be brought into being the problem will be solved, popular democracy will be realized, mankind will have put an end to tyrannical eras and dictatorial systems, and the authority of the people will have taken their place.
The Green Book presents the solution to the problem of the instrument of governing. It indicates for the people the way to pass from the eras of dictatorship to the eras of genuine democracy.
This new theory is based on the authority of the people, without representation or deputation. It realizes direct democracy in an orderly and
effective form. It differs from the older attempt at direct democracy, which could not be applied in practice and which was frivolous because it lacked popular organisation on the lower levels.
POPULAR CONGRESSES AND PEOPLE’S COMMITTEES
Popular congresses are the only means to achieve popular democracy. Any system of government other than popular congresses is undemocratic.
All the prevailing systems of government in the world today are undemocratic, unless they adopt this method.
Popular congresses are the end of the journey of the masses’ movement in its quest for democracy.
Popular congresses and people’s committees are the final fruit of the people’s struggle for democracy.
No democracy without popular congresses
Popular congresses and people’s committees are not creations of the imagination so much as they are the product
of human thought which has absorbed all human experiments to achieve democracy.
Direct democracy is the ideal method, which, if realized in practice, is indisputable and noncontroversial.
The nations departed from direct democracy because, however small a people might be, it was impossible to gather them all together at one time in order to discuss, study and decide on their policy.
THE AUTHORITY OF THE PEOPLE
Direct democracy remained an Utopian idea far from
reality. It has been replaced by various theories of government such as representative assemblies, parties, coalitions, and plebiscites.
All led to the isolation of the people from political activity and to the plundering of the sovereignty of the people and the assumption of their authority by the successive and conflicting instruments of governing beginning with the individual, on through the class, the sect, the tribe, the parliament and the party.
The Green Book announces to the people the happy discovery of the way to direct democracy, in a practical form. Since no two intelligent people can dispute the fact that direct democracy is the ideal — but its method has been impossible to apply — and since this Third Universal Theory provides us with a realistic experiment in direct democracy, the problem of democracy in the world is finally solved.
All that the masses need do now is to struggle to put an end to all forms of dictatorial rule in the world today, to all forms of
what is falsely called democracy – from parliaments to the sect, the tribe, the class and to the one-party, the two-party and the multi-party systems.
Democracy has but one method and one theory.
The disparity and dissimilarity of the systems claiming to be democratic is evidence that they are not democratic in fact.
The people’s authority has only one face and it can be realized only by one method, namely, popular congresses and people’s committees.
No democracy without popular congresses and committees everywhere.
First, the people are divided into basic popular congresses. Each basic popular congress chooses its secretariat.
The secretariats together form popular congresses, which are other than the basic ones.
Then the masses of those basic popular congresses choose administrative people’s committees to replace government administration.
Thus all public utilities are run by people’s committees which will be responsible to the basic popular congresses and these dictate the policy to be followed by the people’s committees and supervise its execution.
Thus, both the administration and the supervision
become popular and the outdated definition of democracy — Democracy is the supervision of the government by
the people — comes to an end. It will be replaced by the right definition Democracy is the supervision of the people by people.
All citizens who are members of those popular congresses belong, professionally and functionally, to categories.
They have, therefore, to establish their own unions and syndicates in addition to being, as citizens, members of the basic popular congresses or the people’s committees. Subjects discussed by basic popular congresses or the people’s committees, syndicates and unions, will take their final shape in the General People’s Congress, where the secretariats of popular congresses, people’s committees, syndicates and unions meet.
What is drafted by the General People’s Congress, which meets annually or periodically, will, in turn, be submitted to popular congresses, people’s committees, syndicates and unions.
The people’s committees, responsible to the basic popular congresses will, then, start executive action. The General People’s Congress is not a gathering of members or ordinary persons as is the case with parliaments.
It is a gathering of the basic popular congresses, the people’s committees, the unions, the syndicates and all professional associations.
In this way, the problem of the instrument of governing is, as a matter of fact, solved and dictatorial instruments will disappear.
The people are the instrument of governing and the problem of democracy in the world is completely solved.
THE LAW OF SOCIETY
Law is the other problem parallel to the problem of the instrument of governing. It has not yet been solved in the modern age although it has been solved at certain periods of history.
It is invalid and undemocratic for a committee or a parliament to be entitled to draft the law for the society.
It is also invalid and undemocratic for an individual, a committee or a parliament to amend or abrogate the law of the society.
What, then, is the law of the society?
Who drafts it and what is its importance to democracy?
The natural law of any society is either tradition (custom) or religion.
Any other attempt to draft law for any society, outside these two sources, is invalid and illogical.
Constitutions are not the law of the society. A constitution is a basic man-made law.
That basic man-made law should have a source for its justification.
The problem of freedom in the modern age is that constitutions have become the law of society, and constitutions are based on nothing other than the views of the instruments of the dictatorial rule prevailing in the world, ranging from the individual to the party.
The proof of this is that there is a difference between constitutions although man’s freedom is the same.
The reason for the difference is the disparity in the conceptions of the instruments of governing.
This is the point where freedom is vulnerable in the systems of the contemporary world.
The method by which the instruments of governing seek to dominate the peoples is established in the constitution and the people are compelled to accept it under the force of laws derived from that constitution, which is itself the product of the temperament and outlook of the instrument of governing.
The law of the dictatorial instruments of governing has replaced natural law.
Because man-made law has replaced natural law, standards are lost. Man is the same everywhere.
His physical constitution is the same and so is his instinct.
For this reason natural law became a logical law for man as one and the same.
Then the constitutions, which are man-made laws, began to look at man as not one and the same.
They have no justification for that conception other than the will of instruments of governing — the individual, the parliament, the tribe or the party — to dominate the peoples.
So we see that constitutions are usually changed when the instruments of governing change.
This proves that the constitution is the product of the temperament of the instruments of governing and exists to serve their interests. It is not natural law.
This is the impending danger to freedom latent wherever the genuine law of human society is absent and is replaced by man-made laws designed by the instrument of governing to rule the masses.
Properly the method of government should be in accordance with the laws of society, not vice versa.
Therefore, the law of the society is not subject to drafting and codification.
The significance of law lies in the fact that it is the decisive factor which distinguishes between the true and false, the right and the wrong, and the individuals’ rights and duties. Freedom is threatened unless society has a sacred law based on stable rules which are not subject to change or substitution by any instrument of governing.
On the contrary, it is incumbent upon the instrument of governing to abide by the law of society. Nevertheless, peoples throughout the world are now being ruled by man-made laws that are liable to change and abrogation because of the struggle for power between instruments of governing.
Plebiscites on constitutions are not enough because plebiscites in themselves are a sham democracy, permitting only yes or no. Under man-made laws, peoples are compelled to accept plebiscites.
A plebiscite on a constitution does not mean that it is the law of society, it means that it is only a constitution, or that ‘thing’ subject to plebiscite, nothing else.
The law of the society is an eternal human heritage that is not the possession of the living only. Hence, the drafting of a constitution and holding a plebiscite by present voters are farcical.
Encyclopedias of man-made laws derived from man-made constitutions are full of material penalties against man while traditional law seldom has
these penalties. Traditional law imposes moral, not material penalties, that are appropriate for man. Religion embraces and absorbs tradition. Most
material penalties in religion are postponed until the Day of Judgement. The major part of its rules are exhortations, instructions and answers to
This law shows proper respect to man. Religion does not acknowledge temporal penalties, except in extreme cases where these are necessary to protect society.
Religion embraces tradition, which is an expression of the natural life of the peoples. Thus, religion, embracing tradition, is an affirmation of natural
law. Non-religious, non-traditional laws are invented by one man for use against another.
Therefore they are invalid because they are not built upon the natural source of tradition and religion.
WHO SUPERVISES THE CONDUCT OF SOCIETY?
The question that arises is: who preserves the society from any deviation from the law? Democratically, there is no group whatever that can claim the right of representative supervision over the society. ‘Society is its own supervisor.’ Any pretension by any individual or group that it is responsible for law is dictatorship.
Democracy means the responsibility of the whole society, and supervision should be carried out by the whole society.
That is democracy and its proper implementation is through the democratic instrument of governing, resulting from the organization of society itself in basic popular congresses and from the people’s rule through the popular congresses and the General People’s Congress (National Congress) in which come together the popular congresses, administrative people’s committees, unions, syndicates and all other professional organizations.
According to this theory, the people are the instrument of governing and in this case they are their own supervisor. In this way self-supervision of the society over its law is realized.
HOW DOES SOCIETY READJUST ITS DIRECTION IN CASE OF DEVIATION FROM ITS LAW?
If an instrument of governing is dictatorial, as in political systems in the world today, the society’s vigilance towards deviation from law will have only one way to gain readjustment.
That is violence, which means revolution against the instrument of governing. This violence or revolution, even if it is an expression of the feeling of the society against deviation, is not carried out by the whole society.
It is undertaken only by those who have the initiative and boldness to proclaim the will of the society. However, this approach is the way to dictatorship, for this revolutionary initiative increases the opportunity for an instrument of governing, representative of the people, to arise.
This means that the instrument of governing is still dictatorial. Moreover, violence and change by force are themselves undemocratic,
although they take place as a result of the existence of a previous undemocratic situation. The society that is still entangled around this resultant is a
backward society. What, then, is the solution?
The solution is for the people to be the instrument of governing from basic popular congresses to the General People’s Congress.
The government administration is abolished and replaced by people’s committees. The General People’s Congress should be a national congress where basic popular congresses, people’s administrative committees, unions, syndicates and all professional associations come together. If a deviation from the society’s law takes place under this system, it should be dealt with through a democratic revision rather than by force.
This is not a process of voluntary choice of the method of change or of treatment, rather it is an inevitable result of the nature of such a democratic system.
In such a case, there is no outside group against which violent action may be directed or which may be held responsible for deviation.
Democracy means popular rule not popular expression.
The natural person has freedom to express himself even if, when he is mad, he behaves irrationally to express his madness.
The corporate person also is free to express his corporate identity. In these cases, the first represents only himself, and the second represents no more than the group of natural persons composing his corporate person.
The society consists of many natural and many corporate persons. Therefore, when a person, for instance, expresses himself in an irrational manner, that does not mean that the other persons of the society also are mad.
The expression of a natural person is only self-expression, and that of a corporate person is only the expression of the interests or viewpoints of persons forming the corporate person. For example, the company for the production and sale of tobacco only expresses the interests of the participants in that company, i.e. those who benefit from the production and sale of tobacco although it is harmful to the health of others.
The press is a means of expression of the society and is not a means of expression of a natural or corporate person. Logically and democratically, the press, therefore, cannot be owned by either of these.
Any newspaper owned by an individual is his own and expresses only his point of view. Any claim that a newspaper represents public opinion is groundless because it actually expresses the viewpoints of a natural person.
Democratically, a natural person should not be permitted to own any means of publication or information.
However he has the natural right to express himself by any means, even if it is in an irrational manner to prove his madness. Any journal issued by a trading association or by a chamber of commerce is only a means of expression for this particular social group.
It presents its own point of view and not the viewpoint of public opinion. This applies to all other corporate and natural persons in society.
The democratic press is that which is issued by a popular committee comprising all the various categories of society.
In this case only, and not otherwise, will the press or any information medium be an expression of the whole society and a bearer of the viewpoint of its categories and thereby the press or information medium will be indeed democratic.
If the Medical Association issues a journal, it must be purely medical.
Similarly this applies to other categories.
The natural person has the right to express only himself and he is not entitled from the democratic point of view to express anybody else. In this
way, what is called the problem of press freedom in the world will be solved radically and democratically.
The continuing problem of press freedom in the world today is generally the product of the problem of democracy.
It can not be solved unless the entire crisis of democracy in the whole society is solved. Only the Third Universal
Theory can solve the intricate problem of democracy.
According to this theory, the democratic system is a cohesive structure whose foundations are firmly laid on basic popular congresses, people’s
committees and professional associations.
All these come together in the General People’s Congress. Absolutely, there is no other conception for a genuine democratic society.
Finally, the era of the masses, which approaches us at a rapid pace following the era of the republics, inflames the feelings and dazzles the eyes.
As much as this era gladly announces the real freedom of the masses and their happy emancipation from the shackles of instruments of governing so much it warns of the approach of an age of anarchy and demagogy if the new democracy, which is the authority of the people, does not relapse and the
authority of the individual, class, tribe, sect or party again comes to predominate.
Theoretically, this is the genuine democracy. But realistically, the strong always rule, i.e., the stronger part in the society is the one that rules.
THE GREEN BOOK (Part Two)
by Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi.
The Solution of the ECONOMIC PROBLEM ‘Socialism’
THE ECONOMIC BASIS OF THE THIRD UNIVERSAL THEORY
Important historical developments have taken place which contribute to solving the problem of work and wages, i.e. the relationship between the workers and the employers, between the producers and the owners.
The developments include fixed working-hours, wages for additional work, different types of leave, minimum wages, profit sharing and participation
in administration. In addition, arbitrary dismissal has been outlawed and social security has been guaranteed, along with the right to strike and
whatever other provisions are found in almost all modern labour laws. Of no less significance are the changes in the field of ownership such as the emergence of systems limiting income or outlawing private ownership and transferring it to the state.
Despite all these not inconsiderable developments in the history of the economic problem, nevertheless the problem still basically exists.
Partners not wage-workers.
The modifications, improvements, provisions and other measures have made the problem less severe than it was in past centuries by gaining many advantages for the workers.
Yet, the economic problem has not been solved. All the attempts which have concentrated on ownership have not solved the problem of producers. They are still wage workers, even when ownership has been transferred from the extreme right to the extreme left or has been given various intermediate positions.
Attempts to improve wages are as important as those which lead to the transference of ownership.
The benefits received by workers, guaranteed by legislation and protected by Trade Unions are all that have been achieved in tackling the problem of
Thus the hard conditions of the producers immediately after the Industrial Revolution have been transformed, and, in the course of time workers, technicians and administrators have gained previously unattainable rights. However, the economic problem still, in fact, exists.
This attempt confined to wages was certainly not a solution at all. It is an artificial attempt, aimed merely at reform, more of a charity than a recognition of the right of workers.
Why are the workers given wages? Because they carry out a production process for the benefit of others who hire them to produce a certain product.
In this case, they have not consumed their production, but have been obliged to surrender it for a wage.
The sound rule is:
‘He who produces is the one who consumes.’
Wage-workers are a type of slave, however improved their wages may be.
The wage-worker is like a slave to the master who hires him. He is even a temporary slave, since his slavery
lasts as long as he works for wages from the employer, whether the latter is an individual or a state.
The workers’ relationship with the owner of the productive establishment as regards their own interests is one and the same
… Under all conditions prevailing now in the world they are wage-workers, even though ownership varies . . . from the right to the left.
The public economic establishment itself gives to its workers only wages and other social benefits; and these do not differ from the charity granted to the workers by the rich, the owners of private economic corporations.
The argument that, in the case of public ownership, income reverts to society, including the workers, in contrast to the case of the private corporation where income reverts only to its owner, is valid.
This is so provided that we take into consideration the general interests of the society rather than the particular interests of the workers, and provided that we assume that the political authority which monopolizes ownership is the authority of all the people, that is to say the authority of the people in their entirety, as practiced through their popular congresses, people’s committees and professional syndicates rather than the authority of one class, one party, group of parties, sect, family, tribe, individual or any other representative authority.
However, what is received directly by the workers, as regards their own interests, in the form of wages, percentage of the profit or social benefits, is
the same as is received by the workers in the private corporation.
That is to say, workers in both public and private establishments are equally wage-workers though the owners differ.
Thus the change in ownership from one type to another has not solved the problem of the workers’ right in what has been produced directly by himself,
and not by society or for wages. The proof is that the producers are still wage-workers despite the change in ownership.
The ultimate solution is to abolish the wage-system, emancipate man from its bondage and return to the natural law which defined relationships before the emergence of classes, forms of government and man-made laws.
The natural rules are the measure, the reference book and the sole course in human relations.
Natural law has led to natural socialism based on equality among the economic factors of production and has almost brought about, among individuals, consumption equal to nature’s production.
But the exploitation of man by man and the possession by some individuals of more of the general wealth than they need is a manifest departure from natural law and the beginning of distortion and corruption in the life of the human community.
It is the beginning of the emergence of the society of exploitation.
If we analyse the economic factors of production from ancient times till now we always find that they are composed of these essentials: raw materials, an instrument of production and a producer.
The natural rule of equality is that each of the factors has a share in this production, for if any of them is withdrawn, there will be no production.
Each factor has an essential role in the process of production and without it production comes to a halt. As long as each factor is essential and fundamental, they are all equal in their essential character within the process of production.
Therefore they all should be equal in their right to what is produced.
The encroachment of one factor on another is opposed to the natural rule of equality, and is an attack on the right of others.
Each factor, then, has a share regardless of the number of factors. If we find a process of production which can be performed by only two factors,
each factor shall have half of the production. If it is carried out by three factors, each shall have a third of the production and so on …
Applying this natural rule to both ancient and modern situations we find the following:
In the state of manual production the productive process involved raw mate- rials, and man, the producer.
Later, an instrument of production intervened between the two and man used it in the productive process.
The animal may be considered as an example of the instrument as a power unit. It, then, developed and the machine replaced the animal.
Raw materials increased in kind and quantity, from cheap simple materials to valuable complex ones.
Likewise man developed from an ordinary worker into a technician and an engineer and a large number of workers began to be replaced by a few technicians. Although the factors of production have quantitatively and qualitatively changed, the essential role of each factor has not changed.
For example, the iron-ore which is one of the factors of production, both past and present, was primitively manufactured by the iron smith to produce a
knife, an axe or a spear … etc.
The same iron-ore is now manufactured in big furnaces, and from it engineers and technicians produce machines, engines and all kinds of vehicles. The
animal — the horse, the mule or the camel and the like — which was one of the factors of production has now been replaced by the vast factory and huge
The means of production which were formerly primitive tools have now become sophisticated technical equipment.
The essential natural factors of production are basically stable despite their great development.
The essential stability of the factors of production makes the natural rule sound. It is inevitable, after the failure of all previous historical attempts, which disregarded natural law, to return to it in order, finally, to solve the economic problem.
The previous historical theories tackled the economic problem either from the angle of the ownership of one of the factors of production only or from the angle of wages for production only.
They have not solved the real problem, namely the problem of pro- duction itself. Thus the most important characteristic of the economic systems prevailing in the world today is the wage system which deprives the worker of any right in his production whether it is produced for society or
for a private establishment.
The industrial establishment is based on raw materials, machines and workers.
Production is the outcome of the workers’ use of the machines in the factory to manufacture raw materials.
In this way, the finished goods pass through a process of production which would have been impossible without the raw materials, the factory and the
So if we take away the raw materials, the factory cannot operate; if we take away the factory, the raw materials will not be manufactured and if we remove the producers, the factory comes to a halt.
The three factors are equally essential in the process of production.
Without these three factors there will be no production.
Any one factor cannot carry out this process by itself.
Even two of these factors cannot carry it out.
The natural rule in this case requires that the shares of the three factors in the production be equal, i.e. the production of such a factory is divided into three shares, a share for each of the factors of production.
It is not only the factory which is important, but also those who consume its production.
The same is the case in the process of agricultural production.
That which involves man and land without a third factor, the instrument, is exactly like the manual process of industrial production.
Here production is only divided into two shares in accordance with the number of factors of production.
But if an agricultural machine or the like is used, production is divided into three shares: the land, the farmer and the instrument used in the process of agriculture.
Thus a socialist system is established to which all processes of production are subjected, by analogy with this natural rule.
The producers are the workers.
We call them ‘producers’ because the words ‘workers’, ‘employees’ or ‘toilers’ are no longer applicable.
The reason is that workers, according to the traditional definition, are quantitatively and qualitatively changing.
The working class is continually declining as science and machines develop.
Strenuous tasks which previously had to be performed by a number of workers are now done by machines.
To run a machine requires a smaller number of workers.
This is the quantitative change in the labour force, while the qualitative change necessitated the re- placement of a physical force by technical skill.
A power which is totally concerned with producing has now become one of the factors of production.
As a result of these developments the workers have changed from a multitude of ignorant toilers into a limited number of technicians, engineers and scientists. Consequently, Trade Unions will disappear to be replaced by professional and technical syndicates because scientific development is an irreversible gain to humanity.
Through such scientific development, illiteracy will be eradicated and the ordinary worker as a temporal phenomenon will gradually disappear. However, man, in his new form, will always remain an essential factor in the process of production.
A person in need is a slave indeed.
Man’s freedom is lacking if somebody else controls what he needs.
For need may result in man’s enslavement of man. Need causes exploitation.
Need is an intrinsic problem and conflict grows out of the domination of man’s needs.
Masters in their own castles.
The house is a basic need of both the individual and the family.
Therefore, it should not be owned by others.
There is no freedom for a man who lives in another’s house, whether he pays rent or not.
All attempts made by various countries to solve the problem of housing are not solutions at all.
The reason is that those attempts do not aim at the radical and ultimate solution of man,
which is the necessity of his owning his own house.
The attempts have concentrated on the reduction or increase of rent and its standardization, whether at public or private expense.
In the socialist society no one, including the society itself, is allowed to have control over man’s need.
In need freedom indeed.
No one has the right to build a house, additional to his own and that of his heirs, for the purpose of renting it, because the house represents another
person’s need, and building it for the purpose of rent is an attempt to have control over the need of that man and
‘In Need Freedom is Latent’.The income is an imperative need for man.
Thus the income of any man in the society should not be a wage from any source or a charity from anyone.
For there are no wage-workers in the socialist society, only partners.
Your income is a form of private ownership.
You manage it by yourself either to meet your needs or to share in the production, where you are one of its main factors.
Your share will not be used as a wage paid for any person in return for production.
The vehicle is a necessity both to the individual and the family.
Your vehicle should not be owned by others.
In the socialist society no man or any other authority can possess private vehicles for the purpose of hiring them out, for this is domination of the needs ofothers.
Land is no one’s property.
But everyone has the right to use it, to benefit from it by working, farming or pasturing.
This would take place throughout a man’s life and the lives of his heirs, and would be through his own effort without using others with or without wages, and only to the extent of satisfying his own needs.
If possession of land is allowed, only those who are living there have a share in it.
The land is permanently there, while, in the course of time, users change in profession, in capacity and in their presence.
The purpose of the new socialist society is to create a society which is happy because it is free.
This can be achieved through satisfying the material and spiritual needs of man, and that, in turn, comes about through the liberation of these need from outside domination and control.
Satisfaction of these needs must be attained without exploiting or enslaving others, or else, it will contradict the purpose of the new socialist society.
Man in the new society works for himself to guarantee his material needs, or works for a socialist corporation in whose production he is a partner, or performs a public service to the society which provides his material needs.
Economic activity in the new socialist society is productive activity for the satisfaction of material needs.
It is not unproductive activity or an activity which seeks profit in order, after satisfying material needs, to save the surplus.
That is impossible under the rules of the new socialism.
The legitimate purpose of the individual’s economic activity is solely to satisfy his needs.
For the wealth of the world has limits at each stage as does the wealth of each individual society.
Therefore no individual has the right to carry out economic activity in order to acquire more of that wealth than is necessary to satisfy his needs, because the excess amount belongs to other individuals.
He has the right to save from his needs and from his own production but not from the efforts of others nor at the expense of their needs.
For if we allow economic activity to extend beyond the satisfaction of needs, one person will only have more than his needs by preventing another
from obtaining his.
The savings which are in excess of one’s needs are another person’s share of the wealth of society.
To allow private production for the purpose of acquiring savings that exceed the satisfaction of needs is exploitation itself, as in permitting the
use of others to satisfy your own needs or to get more than your own needs.
This can be done by exploiting a person to satisfy the needs of others and making savings for others at the expense of his needs.
Work for a wage is, in addition to being an enslavement of man as mentioned before, work without incentives because the producer is a wage-worker
rather than a partner.
Whoever works for himself is certainly devoted to his productive work because his incentive to production lies in his dependence on his private work
to satisfy his material needs.
Also whoever works in a socialist corporation is a partner in its production.
He is, undoubtedly, devoted to his productive work because the impetus for devotion to production is that he gets a satisfaction of his needs through production.
But whoever works for a wage has no incentive to work.
Work for wages failed to solve the problem of increasing and developing production.
Work, either in the form of services or production, is continually deteriorating because it rests on the shoulders of wage-workers.
EXAMPLES OF LABOUR FOR WAGES FOR SOCIETY,
OF LABOUR FOR WAGES FOR A PRIVATE ACTIVITY,
AND LABOUR FOR NO WAGES
(a) A worker who produces ten apples for society.
Society gives him one apple for his production.
The apple fully satisfies his needs.
(b) A worker who produces ten apples for society.
Society gives him one apple for his production.
The apple is not enough to satisfy his needs.
In need freedom indeed.
No one has the right to build a house, additional to his own and that of his heirs, for the purpose of renting it, because the house represents another
person’s need, and building it for the purpose of rent is an attempt to have control over the need of that man and ‘In Need Freedom is Latent’.
The income is an imperative need for man. Thus the income of any man in the society should not be a wage from any source or a charity from anyone.
For there are no wage-workers in the socialist society, only partners. Your income is a form of private ownership.
You manage it by yourself either to meet your needs or to share in the production, where you are one of its main factors.
Your share will not be used as a wage paid for any person in return for production.
The vehicle is a necessity both to the individual and the family.
Your vehicle should not be owned by others.
In the socialist society no man or any other authority can possess private vehicles for the purpose of hiring them out, for this is domination of the needs of others.
The first(a) will not increase his production for whatever the increase might be, he will only get an apple for himself. It is what satisfies his needs.
Thus all those working for such a society are always psychologically apathetic.
The first (b) has no incentive to production itself, for he produces for the society without obtaining satisfaction of his needs.
However he has to continue to work without incentive because he is forced to submit to the general conditions of work throughout the society. That is the case with members of that society.
The second does not initially work to produce. He works to get wages.
Since his wages are not enough to satisfy his needs, he will either search for another master and sell him his work at a better price or he will be obliged to continue the same work just to survive.
The third is the only one who produces without apathy and without coercion.
In the socialist society, there is no possibility for private production exceeding the satisfaction of individual needs, because satisfaction of needs at the expense of others is not allowed.
As the socialist establishments work for the satisfaction of the needs of society, the third example explains the sound basis of economic production.
However, in all conditions, even in bad ones, production continues for survival.
The best proof is that in capitalist societies production accumulates and expands in the hands of a few owners who do not work but exploit the efforts of toilers who are obliged to produce in order to survive. However,
The Green Book not only solves the problem of material production but also prescribes the comprehensive solution of the problems of human society so that the individual may be materially and spiritually liberated … a final liberation to attain his happiness.
If we assume that the wealth of society is ten units and its population is ten persons, the share of each in the wealth of society is 10/10 — only one of
the units per person.
But if some members of society possess more than one unit, then other members of the same society possess nothing.
The reason is that their share of the units of wealth has been taken by others. Thus, there are poor and rich in the society where exploitation prevails.
Suppose that five members of that society possess two units each. In this case the other five possess nothing,
i.e., 50 per cent are deprived of their right to their own wealth because the additional unit possessed by each of the first five is the share of each of the
If an individual in that society needs only one of the units of the wealth of society to satisfy his needs then the individual possessing more than one
unit is, in fact, expropriating the right of other members of the society.
Since this share exceeds what is required to satisfy his needs, estimated at one of the units of wealth then he has seized it to hoard it.
Such hoarding is only achieved at the expense of others’ needs, i.e., through taking others’ share in this wealth.
That is why there are those who hoard and do not spend – that is, they save what exceeds the satisfaction of their needs — and there are those who beg and are deprived – that is those who ask for their rights in the wealth of their society and do not find anything to consume.
It is an act of plunder and theft, but open and legitimate under the unjust and exploitative rules which govern that society.
Ultimately, all that is beyond the satisfaction of needs should remain the property of all the members of society.
But individuals only have the right to save as much as they want from their own needs, because the hoarding of what exceeds their needs involves an
encroachment on public wealth.
The skillful and industrious have no right to take hold of the share of others as a result of their skill and industry.
But they can benefit from these advantages.
Also if a person is disabled or lunatic, it does not mean that he does not have the same share as the healthy in the wealth of the society.
The wealth of the society is like a corporation or a store of supply which daily provides a number of people with a quantity of supply of a definite amount which is enough to satisfy the needs of those people during that day.
Each person has the right to save out of that quantity what he wants, i.e., he can consume or save what he likes from his share.
In this he can use his own skill and talents.
But he who uses his talents to take an additional amount for himself from the store of the public supply is undoubtedly a thief. Therefore, he
who uses his skill to gain wealth that exceeds the satisfaction of his needs is, in fact, encroaching on a public right, namely, the wealth of the society which is like the store mentioned in this example.
In the new socialist society differences in individual wealth are only permissible for those who render a public service.
The society allocates for them a certain share of the wealth equivalent to that service.
The share of individuals only differs according to the public service each of them renders, and as much as he produces.
Thus, the experiments of history have produced a new experiment, a final culmination of man’s struggle to attain his freedom and to achieve happiness by satisfying his need, warding off the exploitation of others, putting an ultimate end to tyranny and finding a means for the just distribution of society’s wealth.
Under the new experiment you work for yourself to satisfy your needs rather than exploiting others to work for you, in order to satisfy yours at their expense; or working to plunder the needs of others.
It is the theory of the liberation of needs in order to emancipate man.
Thus the new socialist society is no more than a dialectical consequence of the unjust relations prevailing in this world.
It has produced the natural solution, namely private ownership to satisfy the needs without using others, and socialist ownership, in which the
producers are partners in production.
The socialist ownership replaced a private ownership based on the production of wage-workers who had no right in what they produced.
Whoever possesses the house you dwell in, the vehicle you ride or the income you live on, takes hold of your freedom, or part of your freedom, and
freedom is indivisible. For man to be happy, he must be free, and to be free, man must possess his own needs.
Whoever possesses your needs controls or exploits you. He may enslave you despite any legislation outlawing that.
The material needs of man that are basic, necessary and personal, start with food, housing, clothing and transport . . . These must be within his
private and sacred ownership.
They are not to be hired from any quarter.
To obtain them through rent or hire allows the real owners, even society in general, to interfere in his private life, to have control over his basic needs,
and then to dominate his freedom and to deprive him of his happiness.
The owner of the costumes one has hired could interfere to remove them even in the street and leave one naked.
The owner of the vehicle could interfere,
leaving one in the middle of the road.
Likewise, the owner of the house could interfere, leaving one without shelter.
It is ironic that man’s basic needs are treated by legal administrative or other measures. Fundamentally, society must be founded on the application
of the natural law to these needs.
The purpose of the socialist society is the happiness of man which can only be realized through material and spiritual freedom. Attainment of such freedom depends on the extent of man’s ownership of his needs; ownership that is personal and sacredly guaranteed, i.e., your need must neither be owned by somebody else, nor subject to plunder by any part of society.
Otherwise, you will live in a state of anxiety which will take away your happiness and render you unfree, because you live under the apprehension of outside interference in your basic needs.
The overturning of contemporary societies, to change them from being societies of wage-workers to societies of partners is inevitable as a dialectical result of the contradictory economic theses prevailing in the world today.
and is the inevitable dialectical result of the injustice to relations based on the wage system, which have not been solved.
The threatening power of the Trade Unions in the capitalist world is capable of overturning capitalist societies of wage-workers into societies of partners.
It is probable that the outbreak of the revolution to achieve socialism will start with the appropriation by the producers of their share in what they
The objective of the workers’ strikes will shift from a demand for the increase of wages to a demand for sharing in the production.
All that will, sooner or later, take place under the guidance of The Green Book.
But the final step is when the new socialist society reaches the stage where profit and money disappear.
It is through transforming society into a fully productive society and through reaching, in production, the level where the material needs of the members of society are satisfied. In that final stage profit will automatically disappear and there will be no need for money.
The recognition of profit is an acknowledgement of exploitation.
The mere recognition of profit removes the possibility of limiting it.
Measures taken to put a limit to it through various means are mere attempts at reform, which are not radical, in order to stop man’s exploitation by man.
The final solution is the abolition of profit. But as profit is the driving force of economic activity, its abolition is not a decision that can be taken lightly. It
must result from the development of socialist production which will be achieved if the satisfaction of the material needs of society is realized.
The endeavour to increase profit will ultimately lead to its disappearance.
A servant and prisoner are comrades in chains.
Domestic servants, paid or unpaid are a type of slave. Indeed they are the slaves of the modern age.
But since the new socialist society is based on partnership in production rather than on wages, natural socialist law does not apply to them, because they render services rather than production.
Services have no physical production which is divisible into shares in accordance with natural socialist law.
Domestic servants, therefore, have no alternative but to work with or without wages under bad conditions.
As wage-workers are a type of slave and their slavery exists as long as they work for wages, so domestic servants are in a lower position than the wage-workers in the economic establishments and corporations outside the houses.
They are, then, even more entitled to emancipation from the slavery of the society than are wage-workers from their society. Domestic servants form one of the social phenomena that stands next to that of slaves.
The Third Universal Theory is a herald to the masses announcing the final salvation from all fetters of injustice, despotism, exploitation and economic and political hegemony. It has the purpose of establishing the society of all people, where all men are free and equal in authority, wealth and arms, so that freedom may gain the final and complete triumph.
The Green Book, therefore, prescribes the way of salvation to the masses of wage-workers and domestic servants in order to achieve the freedom of man.
It is inevitable, then, to struggle to liberate domestic servants from their slave status and transform them into partners outside the houses, in places where there is material production which is divisible into shares according to its factors.
The house is to be served by its residents. But the solution to necessary house service should not be through servants, with or without wages, but through employees who can be promoted while performing their house jobs and can enjoy social and material safeguards like any employee in the public service.
THE GREEN BOOK (Part Three)
by Mu`ammar al-Qadhafi.
1. The Social Basis of the
Third Universal Theory
2. The Family
3. The Tribe
4. The Nation
7. The Blacks
9. Melodies and Arts
10. Sport, Horsemanship and Shows
The SOCIAL BASIS of the Third Universal Theory
THE SOCIAL BASIS OF THE THIRD UNIVERSAL THEORY
The social, i.e. national, factor is the driving force of human history.
The social bond which binds together each human group, from the family through the tribe to the nation, is the basis for the movement of history.
Heroes in history are persons who have made sacrifices for causes.
But for what causes?
They have made sacrifices for others. But which
They are those who have a relationship with them.
The relationship between an individual and a group is a social relationship, i.e. the relationship between the members of a nation.
For nations are founded on nationalism. Those causes, therefore,
are national causes and national relationship is the social relationship.
The social relationship is derived from society, i.e. the relationship between the members of a society, just as nationalism is derived from the nation,
i.e. the relationship between the members of a nation.
The social relationship is, accordingly, the national relationship and the national relationship is the social relationship.
For the group is a nation and the nation is a group even if they differ in number, leaving aside the extended definition of the group which means th provisional group regardless of the national relations of its members.
What is meant by the group here is the group which is permanent by virtue of its own national relations.
Besides, historical movements are mass movements, i.e. group movements for its own interests … for its independence from a different group.
Each group has its own social structure which binds it together.
Group movements are always movements for independence in order that subjugated or oppressed groups may attain self realization.
As for the struggle for power, it occurs within the group itself down to the family level, as expounded in Part One of the Green Book, which
deals with the Political Basis of the Third Universal Theory.
A group movement is a nation’s movement for its own interests.
By virtue of its national structure, each group has common social needs which must be collectively satisfied.
These needs are in no way individualistic.
They are collective needs, rights, demands, or objectives of a nation which is bound by a single nationalism.
That is why these movements are called national movements. Contemporary national liberation movements are themselves social movements.
They will not come to an end before every group is liberated from the domination of another group, i.e. the world is now passing through one of the regular cycles of the movement of history, namely, the national struggle in support of nationalism.
In the world of man, this is the historical reality, as it is a social reality.
That means that the national struggle — the social struggle — is the basis of the movement of history, because it is stronger than all other factors since
it is the origin … the basis … it is in the nature of the human group … the nature of the nation.
It is the nature of life itself. Other animals, apart from man, live in groups. Indeed, the group
is the basis for the survival of all groups within the animal kingdom.
So nationalism is the basis for the survival of nations.
Nations whose nationalism is destroyed are subject to ruin. Minorities, which are one of the main political problems in the world, are the outcome of a social cause.
They are nations whose nationalism has been destroyed and torn apart. The social factor is, therefore, a factor of life … a factor of survival.
It is the nation’s natural innate momentum for survival.
Nationalism in the world of man and group instinct in the animal kingdom are like gravity in the domain of mineral and celestial bodies.
If the mass of the sun were smashed so that it lost its gravity, the gases would blow away and its unity would no longer exist.
Accordingly, the unity is the basis for its survival.
The factor of unity in any group is a social factor, i.e. nationalism. For this reason a group struggles for its own national unity, because its
survival lies in that.
The national factor, which is the Social bond, works automatically to impel the nation towards survival, in the same way that the gravity of an object works to keep it as one mass around the nucleus.
The diffusion and dispersion of atoms in the atomic bomb are the result of the explosion of the nucleus which is the focus of gravitation for the atoms around it.
When the factor of unity in those components is broken into pieces and gravity is lost, every atom is dispersed.
This is the nature of matter. It is an established law of nature. To disregard it or collide with it is damaging to life.
Thus man’s life is damaged when he begins to disregard nationalism … the social factor … the gravity of the group … the secret of its survival.
There is no rival to the social factor in influencing the unity of one group except the religious factor, which may divide the national group or unite groups with different nationalisms.
However, the social factor will eventually gain sway.
This has been the case throughout the ages.
Originally, each nation had one religion.
This was harmony.
In fact, however, differences arose which be- came a genuine cause of conflict and instability in the life of the peoples throughout the ages.
The sound rule is that every nation should have a religion.
The contrary to that is the abnormal. Such an abnormality creates an unsound situation which becomes a real cause for disputes within a national group.
There is no other solution but to be in harmony with the natural rule that each nation has one religion.
When the social factor is compatible with the religious factor, harmony is achieved and the life of groups becomes stable and strong and
Marriage is a process that exercises negative and positive effects on the social factor though both man and woman are free to accept whom they want and reject whom they do not want as a natural rule of freedom.
Marriage within a group, by its very nature, strengthens its unity and brings about collective growth in conformity with the social factor.
To the individual man the family is of more importance than the state.
Mankind acknowledges the individual man and the individual man acknowledges the family which is his cradle, his origin and his social ‘umbrella’.
Mankind, as a matter of fact, is the individual and the family, not the state.
The state is an artificial economic and political system, sometimes a military system, with which mankind has no relationship and has nothing to
The family is exactly like an individual plant in nature which is composed of branches, leaves and blossoms.
However, adapting the natural environment with farms and gardens, and the like is an artificial procedure which has nothing to do with the actual nature of the plant.
The fact is that political, economic or military factors have organized groups of families into a state which has nothing to do with mankind.
Equally any position, condition or measure resulting in the dispersal, decline or loss of the family is inhuman and unnatural. Indeed, it is an arbitrary condition, exactly like any action, condition or measure which leads to the destruction of the plant, the breaking of its branches, the fading of its blossoms and leaves.
Societies in which the existence and unity of the family are threatened, in any circumstances, are similar to fields whose plants are in danger of being swept away or threatened by drought or fire, or of withering away.
The blossoming garden or field is that whose plants grow, blossom, pollinate and root naturally.
The same holds true for human society.
The flourishing society is that in which the individual grows naturally within the family and the family itself flourishes in the society.
The individual is linked to the larger family of mankind like the leaf to the branch or the branch to the tree.
They have no value or life if separated.
The same is the case for the individual if he is separated from the family, i.e. the individual without a family has no value or social life.
If human society reached the stage where man existed without a family, it would become a society of tramps, without roots, like artificial plants.
A tribe is a family which has grown as a result of procreation.
It follows that a tribe is a big family.
Equally a nation is a tribe which has grown through procreation.
The nation, then, is a big tribe. So the world is a nation which has been ramified into various nations.
The world, then, is a big nation.
The relationship which binds the family is that which binds the tribe, the nation and the world.
However, it weakens with the increase in number.
The concept of man is that of the nation, the concept of nation is that of the tribe, and the concept of the tribe is that of the family.
However, the degree of warmth involved diminishes as the relationship moves from the smaller level to the larger one.
This is a social fact only denied by those who are ignorant of it.
The social bond, cohesiveness, unity, intimacy and love are stronger at the family level than at the tribal level …stronger at the tribal level than at that of the nation, and stronger at the level of the nation than at that of the world.
The advantages, privileges, values and ideals, which are based on social bonds, exist where those bonds are natural and undoubtedly strong, i.e. they are stronger at the family level than at that of the tribe, stronger at the tribal level than that of the nation and stronger at nation’s level than that of the world.
Thus these social bonds and the benefits, advantages and ideals associated with them are lost wherever the family, the tribe, nation or
mankind vanish or are lost.
*It is, therefore, of great importance for human society to maintain the cohesiveness of the family, the tribe, the nation and the world in order to benefit from the advantages, privileges, values and ideals yielded by the solidarity, cohesiveness, unity, intimacy and love of the family, tribe, nation and humanity. *
In social terms, the family society is better than that of the tribe, the tribal society is better than that of the nation and the society of the nation is better than world society as regards fellowship, affection, solidarity and benefit.
MERITS OF THE TRIBE
Since the tribe is a large family, it provides its members with the same material benefits and social advantages the family provides for its members.
For the tribe is a secondary family.
What needs to be emphasized is that the individual might sometimes act in a disgraceful manner which he would not dare to do in front of his family.
But since the family is smaller in size he can escape from its supervision, unlike the tribe whose supervision is felt by all its members.
In view of these considerations the tribe forms a behavior pattern for its members which will be transformed into a social education which is better and more human than any school education.
The tribe is a social school where its members are brought up from childhood to absorb high ideals which are transformed into a behavior pattern for
These become automatically rooted as the human being grows, unlike education with its curricula, formally dictated and gradually lost with the growth of the individual.
This is so because it is formal and ruled by tests and because the individual is aware of the fact that it is dictated to him.
The tribe is a natural social ‘umbrella’ for social security.
By virtue of social tribal traditions, the tribe provides for its members collective payment of ransom, collective fines, collective revenge and collective defence, i.e. social protection.
Blood is the prime factor in the formation of the tribe but it is not the only factor because affiliation is also a factor in the formation of the tribe.
With the passage of time the difference between the factors of blood and affiliation disappears, leaving the tribe as one social and physical unit.
But it is a unit of blood and origin more than any other.
The nation is the individual’s national political ‘umbrella’ and it is wider than the social ‘umbrella’ provided by the tribe to its members.
Tribalism damages nationalism because tribal allegiance weakens national loyalty and flourishes at its expense.
In the same way loyalty to the family flourishes at the expense of tribal loyalty and weakens it.
National fanaticism is essential to the nation but at the same time it is a threat to humanity.
The nation in the world community is similar to the family in the tribe.
The more the families of one tribe quarrel and become fanatic, the more the tribe is threatened.
Equally if the members of one family quarrel and each of them seeks only his personal interests, the family is threatened, and if the tribes of a nation quarrel and seek their own interests, that nation is threatened.
National fanaticism, the use of national force against weak nations, or the national progress which is the outcome of plundering from other nations, are evil and harmful to humanity.
However, the powerful individual who respects himself and is aware of his own responsibilities is important and useful to the family, just as a strong respectable family, which is aware of its importance, is socially and materially useful to the tribe.
Equally useful to the whole world is the progressive, productive and civilized nation.
The national political structure is damaged when it descends to the lower social level, namely the family and tribe, and attempts to act in their manner and to adopt their views.
The nation is a large family which has passed through the stage of the tribe and also through the ramifications of the tribes that have branched out of one origin; it includes as well those members who affiliated them- selves with its destiny.
The family, likewise, grows into a nation only after passing through the stages of the tribe and its ramifications, as well as through the stage of affiliation which comes about as a result of various types of a social mixture.
Inevitably this is achieved over long periods of time. Although the passage of time creates nations, it also helps to fragment old ones.
However, the common origin and shared destiny through affiliation are two historic bases for any nation, though origin ranks first and affiliation second.
A nation is not defined only by origin, even though origin is its basis and beginning.
In addition to that a nation is formed by human accumulations through the course of history which induce a group of people to live in one area of land, make a common history, form one heritage and face the same destiny.
Finally, the nation, regardless of blood bond, is the sense of belonging and a common destiny.
But why has the map of the earth witnessed great nations that disappeared to be replaced by other nations and vice versa?
Is the reason political only, without any relationship to the social aspect of the Third Universal Theory?
Or is it social and properly the concern of this part of the Green Book? Let us see:
The family is indisputably a social structure, rather than political.
The same applies to the tribe because it is a family which has reproduced, procreated and become many families.
Equally the nation is a tribe, after it has grown and its branches have multiplied and become transformed into clans, then into
The nation is also a social structure whose bond is nationalism, the tribe is a social structure whose bond is tribalism, the family is a social structure whose bond is family ties; and the nations of the world are social structures whose bond is humanity.
These are self evident facts.
Then there is the political structure of states which form the political map of the world.
But why does the map of the world keep changing from one age to another?
The reason is that the political structure may, or may not, be consistent with the social structure.
When it is consistent in a nation, it lasts and does not change. If the change is forced by external colonialism or internal col- lapse, it reappears under the emblem of national struggle, national revival or national unity.
When the political structure embraces more than one nation, its map will be torn up by each nation gaining independence under the emblem of nationalism. Thus, the maps of the empires, which the world has witnessed, have been torn up be-
cause they were made up of a number of nations.
When every nation clings fanatically to its nationalism and seeks independence, the political empire is torn up and its components go back to their social origins.
The evidence is crystal clear in the history of the world if we review all its ages.
But why were those empires made up of different nations?
The answer is that the state is not only a social structure like the family, the tribe and the nation, but rather a political entity created by several factors, the simplest and foremost of which is nationalism.
The national state is the only political form which is consistent with the natural social structure.
Its existence lasts, unless it becomes subject to the tyranny of another stronger nationalism, or unless its political structure, as a state, is affected by its social structure in the form of tribes, clans and families.
It is damaging to the political structure if it is subjected to the family, tribal, or sectarian social structure and adopts its characteristics.
However, religious, economic and military factors also contribute to form a state which differs from the simple state, the national state.
A common religion, the requirements of economics or military conquests may constitute a state embracing several nationalism’s.
Thus, in one age the world witnesses a state or an empire which it sees disappear in another age.
When the spirit of nationalism emerges stronger than the religious spirit and conflict flares up between different nationalism’s which were brought together, for example, by one religion, each nation becomes independent and recovers its social structure.
That empire, then, disappears. The role of religion reappears when the religious spirit emerges stronger than the spirit of nationalism.
Consequently the various nationalism’s are unified under the banner of religion until the national role appears once again and so on.
All the states which are composed of several nationalisms for various reasons — whether of religious, economics, military power or of man-made ideologies — will be torn up by the national conflict until each nationalism is independent, i.e. the social factor will inevitably triumph over the political factor.
Therefore, despite political factors which necessitate the establishment of the state, the basis for the life of individuals is the family, the tribe, then the nation, extending eventually to all humanity.
The essential factor is the social factor.
It is the permanent factor, namely nationalism. Stress should be laid on social reality and family care in order to bring up the integrated well-educated man.
Care should then be given to the tribe as a social ‘umbrella’ and natural social school which brings up man at the post-family stage. Then comes the nation.
The individual learns social values only from the family and the tribe which form a natural social structure engineered by no particular individual. Taking care of the family is for the sake of the individual just as the care of the tribe is in the interest of the family, the individual and the nation, i.e. nationalism. The social factor, namely the national factor, is the genuine and permanent driving force of history.
To disregard the national bond of human groups and to establish a political system contradictory to social reality sets up a temporary structure which will be destroyed by the movement of the social factor of those groups, i.e. the national movement of each nation.
All these realities are innate in the life of man and are not rational conjunctures.
Every individual in the world should be aware of these realities and work accordingly, so that his action may be worthwhile.
It is necessary to know these proven realities in order to avoid deviation, disorder and damage in the life of human groups which are the result of a lack of understanding and respect for these principles of human life.
It is an undisputed fact that both man and woman are human beings.
It follows as a self-evident fact that woman and man are equal as human beings.
Discrimination between man and woman is a flagrant act of oppression without any justification.
For woman eats and drinks as man eats and drinks …
Woman loves and hates as man loves and hates …
Woman thinks, learns and understands as man thinks, learns and understands …
Woman, like man, needs shelter, clothing and vehicles …
Woman feels hunger and thirst as man feels hunger and thirst …
Woman lives and dies as man lives and dies.
But why are there man and woman?
Indeed, human society is composed neither of man alone nor of woman alone.
It is made up naturally of man and woman.
Why were not only men created?
Why were not only women created?
After all, what is the difference between man and woman?
Why was it necessary to create man and woman?
There must be a natural necessity for the existence of man and woman, rather than man only or woman only.
It follows that neither of them is exactly the other, and the fact that a natural difference exists between man and woman is proved by the created existence of man and woman.
This means, as a matter of fact, that there is a role for each one of them, matching the difference between them. Accordingly, there must
be different prevailing conditions for each one to live and perform their naturally different roles.
To comprehend this role, we must understand the differences in the nature of man and woman, namely the natural differences between them:
Woman is a female and man is a male. According to a gynecologist, woman menstruates or suffers feebleness every month, while man, being a
male, does not menstruate and he is not subject to the monthly period which is a bleeding.
A woman, being a female, is naturally subject to monthly bleeding.
When a woman does not menstruate, she is pregnant.
If she is pregnant she becomes, due to pregnancy, feeble for about a year, which means that all her natural activities are seriously reduced until she delivers her baby.
When she delivers her baby or has had a miscarriage, she suffers puerperium, a feebleness attendant on delivery or miscarriage.
As the man does not get pregnant, he is not liable to the feebleness which woman, being a female, suffers.
Afterwards woman breast-feeds the baby she bore. Breast-feeding continues for about two years.
Breast-feeding means that a woman is so inseparable from her baby that her activity is seriously reduced.
She becomes directly responsible for another person whom she helps to carry out his biological functions, without which it would die.
The man, on the other hand, neither conceives nor breast-feeds.
All these innate characteristics form differences because of which man and woman cannot be equal.
These, in themselves, are the realities that necessitate the distinction between male and female, i.e. man and woman; they assign to each of them a different role or function in life.
This means that man cannot replace woman in carrying out these functions.
It is worthy of consideration that these biological functions are a heavy burden, causing woman great effort and suffering.
However, without these functions which woman performs, human life would come to an end.
It follows that it is a natural function which is neither voluntary nor compulsory.
It is an essential function, whose sole alternative is that human life would come to a complete standstill.
There is a deliberate intervention against conception which is the alternative to human life.
In addition to that there is a partial deliberate intervention against conception, as well as against breast-feeding.
All these are links in a chain of actions against natural life, culminating in murder, i.e. for a woman to kill herself in order not to conceive, deliver and breastfeed, is within the realm of deliberate interventions against the nature of life embodied in conception, breast-feeding, maternity and marriage, though they differ only in degree.
To dispense with the natural role of woman in maternity — i.e. nurseries replacing mothers — is a start in dispensing with the human society and transforming it into a biological society with an artificial way of life. To separate children from their mothers and to cram them into nurseries is a process by which they are transformed into something very close to chicks, for nurseries are similar to poultry farms in which chicks are crammed after they are hatched.
Nothing else would be appropriate for man’s nature, and would suit his dignity, except natural motherhood, (i.e. the child is raised by his mother …)
+ in a family where the true principles of motherhood, fatherhood and brotherhood prevail, +
rather than in a centre similar to a poultry breeding farm. Poultry, like the rest of the members of the animal kingdom, needs motherhood as a natural phase.
Therefore, breeding them on farms similar to nurseries is against their natural growth.
Even their meat is closer to synthetic meat than natural meat. Meat from mechanized poultry farms is not tasty and may not be nourishing because the chicks are not naturally bred, i.e. they are not raised in the protective shade of natural motherhood.
The meat of wild birds is more tasty and nourishing because they grow naturally and are naturally fed.
As for children who have neither family nor shelter, society is their guardian, only for them should society establish nurseries and the like.
It is better for those to be taken care of by society rather than by individuals who are not their parents.
If a test were carried out to discover the natural propensity of the child towards his mother and the nursery, the child would opt for his mother and not the nursery. Since the natural tendency of a child is towards his mother, she is the natural and proper person to give the child the protection of nursing.
Sending a child to a nursery in place of his mother is coercion and oppression against its free natural propensity.
The natural growth for all living things is free sound growth. To substitute a nursery for a mother is coercive action against free sound growth.
Children who are driven to a nursery are driven compulsorily or by exploitation and simple-mindedness.
They are driven to nurseries purely by materialistic and not social considerations.
If coercion and childish simple mindedness were removed, they would certainly reject the nursery and cling to their mother.
The only justification for such an unnatural and inhuman process is the fact that the woman is in a position unsuitable to her nature, i.e. she is compelled to perform duties which are unsocial and anti-motherhood.
The woman, whose nature has assigned to her a natural role different from that of man, must be in an appropriate position to perform her natural role.
Motherhood is the female’s function, not the male’s. Consequently, it is unnatural to separate children from their mother.
Any attempt to take children away from their mother is coercion, oppression and dictatorship.
The mother who abandons her maternity contradicts her natural role in life.
She must be provided with her rights and conditions which are appropriate, non-coercive and unoppressive.
Thus she can carry out her natural role under natural conditions. Anything else is a self-contradictory situation.
If the woman is forced to abandon her natural role as regards conception and maternity, she falls victim to coercion and dictatorship. A woman who needs work that renders her unable to perform her natural function is not free and is compelled to do that by need, * for in need freedom is latent. *
Among suitable and even essential conditions which enable the woman to perform her natural role, which differs from that of man, are those very conditions which are proper to a human being who is sick and burdened with pregnancy, i.e. bearing another human being in her womb, which renders her physically incapacitated.
It is unjust to place such a woman in this stage of maternity into circumstances of physical work incompatible with her condition.
Such work is a punishment of woman for her betrayal of maternity and of mankind. It is also a tax she pays for entering the realm of men who are not, of course, of her sex.
The belief, including the woman’s own belief, that the woman carries out physical labor of her own accord, is not, in fact, true. For she performs the
physical work only because the harsh materialistic society has placed her, without her being directly aware, in coercive circumstances. She
has no alternative but to submit to the conditions of that society while she thinks that she works of her own accord.
However, the rule that ‘there is no difference between man and woman in every thing’ deprives her of her freedom.
The phrase ‘in every thing’ is a monstrous deception of woman. This idea will destroy the appropriate and necessary conditions which constitute
the privilege which woman ought to enjoy apart from man in accordance with her nature on which a natural role in life is based.
To demand equality between man and woman in carrying heavy weights while the woman is pregnant is unjust and cruel.
To demand equality between them in fasting and hardship, while she is breast-feeding, is unjust and cruel.
To demand equality between them in any dirty work, which stains her beauty and detracts from her femininity, is unjust and cruel.
Education that leads to work unsuitable for her nature is unjust and cruel as well.
There is no difference between man and woman in all that concerns humanity.
None of them can marry the other against his or her will, or divorce without a just trial.
Neither the woman nor the man can remarry without a previous agreement on divorce.
The woman is the owner of the house because it is one of the suitable and necessary conditions for a woman who menstruates, conceives, and cares for
The woman is the owner of the maternity shelter, which is the house.
Even in the animal world, which differs in many ways from that of man, and where maternity is also a duty according to nature, it is coercion to deprive the young of their mother or deprive the female of her shelter.
A woman is but a female. Being female means that she has a biological nature different from that of man.
The female’s biological nature differing, as it does, from that of the male, has imparted to a woman characteristics different from those of a man in form
A woman’s anatomy is different from that of a man just as the female in plants and animals are different from the male.
This is a natural and incontrovertible fact. In the animal and plant kingdoms the male is naturally created strong and tough, while the female is created beautiful and gentle.
These are natural and eternal characteristics innate in these living creatures, whether called human beings, animals or plants.
In view of his different nature and in line with the laws of nature, the male has played the role of the strong and tough without compulsion but simply
because he is created in that way.
The female has played the role of the beautiful and the gentle, not because she wanted to, but because she is created so.
This natural rule is just, partly because it is natural, and partly because it is the basic rule for freedom.
For all living creatures are created free and any interference with that freedom is coercion.
Non-commitment to these natural roles and a lack of concern towards their roles amount to an act of negligence and
destruction of the values of life itself.
Nature has thus been designed in harmony with the inevitability of life from what is being to what will become.
The living creature is a being who inevitably lives until he is dead. Existence between the beginning and the end is based on a natural law, without choice or compulsion.
It is natural. It is natural freedom.
In the animal, plant and human kingdoms there must be a male and a female for life to occur from its beginning to its end.
They do not only exist but they have to play, with absolute efficiency, the natural role for which they have been created.
If their role is not efficiently performed there must be some defect in the course of life caused by certain circumstances.
This is the case of societies nowadays almost everywhere in the world as a result of confusing the roles of man and woman, i.e. as a result of endeavors to transform a woman into a man.
In harmony with their nature and its purpose they must be creative within their respective roles.
For the opposite is retrogressive.
It is a trend against nature, which is as destructive to the rule of freedom, as it is hostile to both life and survival.
Men and women must perform, not abandon the role for which they are created.
Abandoning the role or even a part of it only occurs as a result of coercive conditions, i.e. under abnormal conditions.
The woman who rejects pregnancy, marriage, make up and femininity for reasons of health, abandons her natural role in life under these coercive
conditions of health.
The woman who rejects marriage, pregnancy or motherhood etc., because of work, abandons her natural role under the same coercive conditions.
The woman who rejects marriage, pregnancy or maternity etc., without any concrete cause, abandons her natural role as a result of a coercive condition which is a moral deviation from the norm.
Thus. abandoning the natural role of female and male in life can only occur under unnatural conditions which are contrary to nature and a threat to survival.
Consequently, there must be a world revolution which puts an end to all materialistic conditions hindering woman from performing her natural role in life and driving her to carry out man’s duties in order to be equal in rights. Such a revolution will inevitably take place, particularly in the industrial societies, as a response by the instinct of survival, even without any instigator of revolution such as the Green Book.
* All societies nowadays look upon woman as no more than an article of merchandise. The East regards her as a commodity for buying and selling, while the West does not recognize her femininity. *
Driving woman to do man’s work is unjust aggression against the femininity with which she is naturally provided for a natural purpose essential to
For man’s work disguises the woman’s beautiful features which are created for female roles.
They are exactly like blossoms which are created to attract pollen and to produce seeds.
If we did away with the blossoms, the role of plants in life would come to an end.
It is the natural embellishment in butterflies and birds as well as the rest of animal females which is created for that natural vital goal.
If a woman carries out man’s work, she will be transformed into a man abandoning her role and her beauty.
A woman has full rights to live without being forced to change into a man and to give up her femininity.
The physical structure, which is naturally different between man and woman, leads to differences in the functions of their different organs which lead in turn to differences in the psyche, mood, nerves and physical appearance.
A woman is tender.
A woman is pretty.
A woman weeps easily.
A woman is easily frightened.
In general woman is gentle and man is tough by virtue of their inbred nature.
To ignore natural differences between man and woman and mix their roles is an absolutely uncivilized attitude, hostile to the laws of nature,
destructive to human life, and a genuine cause for the wretchedness of human social life.
Modern industrial societies, which have made woman adapt to the same physical work as man at the expense of her femininity and her natural role in
terms of beauty, maternity and peace of mind — those societies are uncivilized.
They are materialistic, uncivilized societies.
It is as stupid as it is dangerous to civilization and humanity to copy them.
* The question, then, is not whether the woman works or does not work. For it is a ridiculous materialistic presentation.Work should be provided by the society to all able members — men and women – who need work, but on condition that each individual should work in the field that suits him, and not be forced to carry out unsuitable work. For the children to find themselves under adult working conditions is in- justice and dictatorship. Equally it is
injustice and dictatorship for woman to find herself under the working conditions of man. *
Freedom means that every human being gets that education which qualifies him for work which is appropriate to him.
Dictatorship means that a human being learns what is not suitable for him.
That leads him to work which is not suitable for him.
Work which is appropriate to man is not always appropriate to woman, and the knowledge that is proper for the child is not suitable for the adult.
There is no difference in human rights between man and woman, the child and the adult. But there is no absolute equality between them as regards their duties.
What is a minority?
What are its pros and cons? How can the problem of minorities be solved in accordance with the solution presented by the Third Universal Theory to various human problems?
There are only two types of minorities. One of them belongs to a nation which provides it with a social framework, while the other has no nation and
forms its own social framework.
The latter is the one that forms one of the historic accumulations which eventually constitute a nation by virtue of a sense of belonging and a common destiny.
It is clear now that such a minority has its own social rights.
Any encroachment on these rights by any majority is an act of injustice.
The social characteristic is personal and is not to be given or taken away.
Its political and economic problems can only be solved by the masses in whose hands power, wealth and arms should be placed.
Viewing the minority as a political and economic minority is dictatorship and injustice.
THE BLACKS WILL PREVAIL IN THE WORLD
The latest age of slavery is the white race’s enslavement of the black race.
The black man will not forget this until he has achieved rehabilitation.
This tragic and historic event, the resulting bitter feeling, and the search for satisfaction derived from rehabilitating a whole race, constitute a
psychological motivation in the movement of the black race to vengeance and domination, which cannot be disregarded.
Added to that is the inevitability of the social historical cycles including the yellow race’ s domination of the world when it marched from Asia
against the rest of the continents.
Then came the role of the white race, when it carried out a wide-ranging colonialist movement covering all the continents of the world.
Now comes the black race’s turn to prevail.
The black race is now in a very backward social situation.
But such backwardness helps to bring about numerical superiority of the blacks because their low standard of living has protected them from getting to
know the means and ways of birth control and family planning.
Also their backward social traditions are a reason why there is no limit to marriage, leading to their unlimited growth, while the population of other races has decreased because of birth control, restrictions on marriage and continuous occupation in work, unlike the blacks who are sluggish in a climate which is always hot.
Education, or learning, is not necessarily that methodized curriculum and those classified subjects in text books which youth are forced to learn during
specified hours while sitting on rows of desks.
This type of education, now prevailing all over the world, is against human freedom. Compulsory education, of which countries of the world boast whenever they are able to force it on their youth, is one of the methods which suppresses freedom.
It is a compulsory obliteration of a human being’s talents as well as a forcible direction of a human being’s choices.
It is an act of dictatorship damaging to freedom because it deprives man of free choice, creativity and brilliance.
To force a human being to learn according to a set curriculum is a dictatorial act.
To impose certain subjects upon people is a dictatorial act.
Compulsory and methodized education is in fact a forced stultification of the masses.
All countries which set courses of education in terms of formal curricula and force pupils to learn them, coerce their citizens.
All methods of education prevailing in the world should be done away with through a worldwide cultural revolution to emancipate man’s mind from
curricula of fanaticism and from the process of deliberate adaptation of man’s taste, his ability to form concepts and his mentality.
This does not mean that schools are to be closed and that people should turn their backs on education, as it may seem to superficial readers.
On the contrary, it means that society should provide all types of education, giving people the chance to choose freely any subjects they wish to learn. This requires a sufficient number of schools for all types of education.
Insufficient schools restrict man’s freedom of choice forcing him to learn the subjects available, while depriving him of natural right of choice because of the lack of availability of other subjects.
Societies which ban and monopolize knowledge are reactionary societies biased towards ignorance and hostile to freedom.
Thus societies which prohibit the teaching of religion as it actually is, are reactionary societies, biased towards ignorance and hostile to freedom. Societies which monopolize religious education are reactionary societies, biased towards ignorance and hostile to freedom.
Equally reactionary and biased towards ignorance and hostile to freedom are the societies which distort the religions, civilizations and behaviour of others in the process of teaching those subjects.
Societies which consider materialistic knowledge as taboo are reactionary societies biased towards ignorance and hostile to freedom.
Knowledge is a natural right of every human being which nobody has the right to deprive him of under any pretext except in a case where a person himself does something which deprives him of that right.
Ignorance will come to an end when everything is presented as it actually is and when knowledge about everything is available to each person in the manner that suits him.
MELODIES AND ARTS
Man is still backward because he is unable to speak one common language.
Until he attains this human aspiration, which seems impossible, the expression of joy and sorrow, what is good and bad, beauty and ugliness, comfort and misery, mortality and eternity, love and hatred, the description of colors, sentiments, tastes and moods — all will be according to the language each people speaks automatically.
Behavior itself will remain based on the reaction produced by the feeling the language creates in the speaker’s mind.
Learning one language, whatever it may be, is not the solution for the time being. It is a problem that will inevitably remain without solution until the
process of the unification of languages has passed through various generations and epochs, provided that the hereditary factor comes to an end in
those generations through the passage of enough time. For the sentiment, taste and mood of the forefathers and
fathers form those of sons and grandsons. If those forefathers spoke various languages and the grandsons speak one language, the grandsons will not necessarily share a common taste by virtue of speaking one language.
Such a common taste can only be achieved when the new language imparts the taste and the sense which are transmitted by inheritance from one generation to another.
If a group of people wear white clothes in mourning and another group put on black ones, the sentiment of each group will be adjusted according
to these two colors, i.e. one group hates the black color while the other one likes it, and vice versa.
Such a sentiment leaves its physical effect on the cells as well as on the genes in the body.
This adaptation will be transmitted by inheritance.
The inheritor automatically hates the color hated by the legator as a result of inheriting the sentiment of his legator.
Consequently, people are only harmonious with their own arts and heritages.
They are not harmonious with the arts of others because of heredity, even though those people, who differ in heritage, speak one common language.
Such a difference emerges between the groups of one people even if it is on a small scale.
To learn one language is not a problem and to understand others’ arts as a result of learning their language is also not a problem.
The problem is the impossibility of a real institutional adaptation to the language of others.
This will remain impossible until the effect of heredity, which is transmitted in the human body, comes to an end.
Mankind is really still backward because man does not speak with his brother one common language which is inherited and not learned.
However, it is only a matter of time for mankind to achieve that goal unless civilization should relapse.
SPORT, HORSEMANSHIP AND SHOWS
Sport is either private, like the prayer which man performs alone by himself even inside a closed room, or public, practiced collectively in open places, like the prayer which is practiced collectively in places of worship.
The first type of sport concerns the individual himself, while the second type is of concern to all people.
It must be practiced by all people and should not be left to anybody to praise on their behalf.
It is unreasonable for crowds to enter places of worship just to view a person or a group of people praying without taking part.
It is equally unreasonable for crowds to enter playgrounds and arenas to watch a player or a team without participating themselves.
Sport is like praying, eating, and the feeling of warmth and coolness.
It is stupid for crowds to enter a restaurant just to look at a person or a group of persons eating; it is stupid for people to let a person or a group of persons get warmed or enjoy ventilation on their behalf.
It is equally illogical for the society to allow an individual or a team to monopolize sports while the people as a whole pay the costs of such a monopoly for the benefit of one person or a team.
In the same way people should not democratically allow an individual or a group, whether party, class, sect, tribe or parliament, to replace them in deciding their destiny and in defining their needs.
Private sport is of concern only to those who practice it on their own and at their own expense.
Public sport is a public need and the people should not be represented in its practice either physically or democratically. Physically, the representative cannot transmit to others how his body and morale benefited from sport.
Democratically, no individual or team has the right to monopolize sport, power, wealth or arms for themselves.
Sporting clubs are the basic organizational means of traditional sport in the world today.
They get hold of all expenditures and public facilities allocated to sport in every state.
These institutions are only social monopolistic instruments like all dictatorial political instruments which monopolize authority, economic
instruments which monopolize wealth, and traditional military instruments which monopolize arms.
As the era of the masses does away with the instruments monopolizing power, wealth and arms, it will, inevitably, destroy the monopoly of social activity such as sports, horsemanship and so forth.
The masses who queue to vote for a candidate to represent them in deciding their destiny act on the impossible assumption that he will represent them
and embody, on their behalf, their dignity, sovereignty and point of view.
However those masses, who are robbed of their will and dignity, are reduced to mere spectators, watching another person performing what they
should, naturally, be doing themselves.
The same holds true of the crowds which fail to practice sport by themselves and for themselves because of their ignorance.
They are fooled by monopolistic instruments which endeavor to stupefy them and divert them to indulging in laughter and applause instead. Sport, as a social activity, must be for the masses, just as power, wealth and arms should be in the hands of the people.
Public sport is for all the masses.
It is a right of all the people for its health and recreational benefits.
It is mere stupidity to leave its benefits to certain individuals and teams who monopolize them while the masses provide the facilities and pay the expenses for the establishment of public sports.
The thousands who crowd stadiums to view, applaud and laugh are those foolish people who have failed to carry out the activity themselves.
They line up on the shelves of the sports grounds, practicing lethargy, and applauding those heroes who wrest from them the initiative, dominate the field and control the sport, exploiting the facilities the masses provide.
Originally, the public grandstands were designed to demarcate the masses from the playing fields and grounds, i.e. to prevent the masses from having access to the playing fields.
When the masses march and play sport in the center of the playing fields and the open spaces, stadiums will be vacated and destroyed.
That will take place when the masses become aware of the fact that sport is a public activity which must be practiced rather than watched.
The opposite, which would be a helpless apathetic minority that watch, would be more reasonable.
The grandstand will disappear when no one is there to occupy it.
Those who are unable to perform the roles of heroism in life, who are ignorant of the events of history, who fall short of envisaging the future and who are not serious enough in their lives, are the trivial persons who fill the seats of the theaters and cinemas to watch the events of life and to learn their course.
They are like pupils who occupy school desks because they are not only uneducated but also illiterate.
Those who direct the course of life for themselves do not need to watch it working through actors on the stage or in the cinemas.
Likewise, horsemen who hold the reins of their horses have no seat in the grandstands at the race course.
If every person has a horse, no one will be there to watch and applaud.
The sitting spectators are only those who are too helpless to perform this kind of activity because they are not horsemen.
Equally, the Bedouin peoples show no interest in theaters and shows because they are very serious and hard working.
As they have created a serious life, they ridicule acting.
Bedouin societies also do not watch performers, but perform games and take part in joyful ceremonies because they naturally recognize the need for these activities and practice them automatically.
Different types of boxing and wrestling are evidence that mankind has not got rid of all savage behavior.
Inevitably they will come to an end when man ascends the ladder of civilization.
Human sacrifice and pistol duels were familiar practices in different stages of human evolution.
However, those savage practices came to an end years ago.
Man now laughs at himself and regrets such acts.
That will be the fate of boxing and wrestling after tens or hundreds of years.
However, the more the people are civilized and sophisticated, the more they are able to ward
off both the performance and the encouragement of these practices.
The Green Book by Mu’ammar al-Qathafi
Before making judgement on the man, listen to his ideas as presented in is book.