As with national or world citizenship, it is likewise good to first recognize the inferior implications of the national passport, as compared to the world passport. This will give one a stronger, deeper, and more enduring appreciation for the world passport, as well as sufficient incentive to defend it when questioned by border officials.
“A national passport legitimizes and represents the arbitrary frontier of a particular nation. As property of the government that issues it, this license can be denied for virtually any reason. In essence, it is a control device, used by government to limit the movement of its citizens, and to regulate the entry and exit of ‘foreigners’.
“When you are issued a passport, you are actually giving something up — your inalienable right to ‘leave any country’ and return again, confirmed by Article 13(2) in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In order to travel, you are forced to accept a bureaucratic device designed deliberately to control your movement. In legal terms, such a deceptive inducement to surrender a legal right is called fraud. Thus, if you have such a document, in a sense you have been robbed. To put it plainly, the national passport system is a swindle, the conscious theft of the individuals right to freedom of movement. In the world of nation-states, claims that citizens have freedom of travel are a hollow mockery. All states collude in perpetuating this fraud, beginning with their use of the word ‘passport’ itself. The name of the document implies that it recognizes the right to travel when, in reality, it does just the opposite . . .
“For non-citizens entering the U.S., of course, a visa is always mandatory. In ‘the land of the free,’ no foreign passport is accepted by itself. More appalling still, they make you pay for it . . .
“The fee is not merely a form of extortion; it is unconstitutional. In Aptheker v. Secretary of State, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a constitutional right to travel closely related to rights of free speech and association. This right is linked to both the First and Fifth Amendments, and cannot be abridged even on political grounds. It follows, then, that imposing a financial penalty or refusing a person entry into his own country for lack of an ‘official’ document violates the letter as well as the spirit of U.S. Law.” — Passport to Freedom, Ch. 16
Davis goes on to explain that on January 17, 1953, in the USA a state of national emergency was declared by President Harry Truman, which has never been terminated. It established a permanent state of emergency, and among other things it gave the Secretary of State authority to issue passports and limit their validity to travel in certain places.
Davis then gives a short history of passports, noting that it was still possible as recently as the early twentieth century, to travel overseas with nothing more than a boat ticket.
Conversation then turns to Davis’s own World Service Authority passport, the first thousand of which were printed on May 10, 1954. It had 16 pages and a green cover. It was written in two languages, English and Esperanto. Ecuador, Laos, and Yemen agreed to recognize the passport on a de facto (case-by-case) basis.
The second edition came out in 1972. Now it was in five languages and had 36 pages, with space for a full medical history — a first for any passport. Ecuador, Zambia, Upper Volta (Burkina Faso), and Mauritania gave the passport “de jure” (official and legal) recognition.
The third edition came out in 1975, with 42 pages in seven languages. As of about 1993, over 400,000 WSA passports, World Government ID Cards, and birth certificates had been issued. Over 135 countries have recognized the passport on a de facto basis.
The edition issued in 1992 has 40 pages, with text in seven languages — English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, and Esperanto. It has 27 visa pages with six pages for affiliate identifications. In the back is space for medical information.
“Identifying its holder as a sovereign being with the right to travel, the WSA passport represents that right in a form that no nation can ignore,” Davis says.
On the subject of residency, he says, “A little known but revolutionary fact is the right of residency . . . anywhere! Allied with freedom of movement, the right of residence is cited in Article 13(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘Everyone has the right of freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.‘ What the framers had in mind is not entirely clear, but interpreted literally it means exactly what it says: anyone can live anywhere. Based on that right, the World Service Authority issues an ‘International Resident Permit’ to registered World Citizens. It is inserted in their World Passports on an empty visa page.” — Passport to Freedom, Ch. 20
Davis then goes on to give many pages of very interesting and useful guidelines for how to use the passport, including how to think, how to look, how to speak, and so on. He recommends carrying with you a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Charter. Have a World Judicial Commission questionnaire form with you in plain view, and inform the official that you are obliged to report all violations of fundamental human rights to the World Judicial Commission in Champaign, Illinois. That and many other valuable tips are shared.
Many stories are related as to how the WSA Passport has solved the problems of its users. There are even examples of those in high positions of political power benefiting from it, such as this one:
“On March 2 , Czechoslovakian President Vaclav Havel expressed open support for world government when I presented his honorary World Passport. ‘Since I became president,’ he told me, ‘they took away my civilian passport, so I have no identity documents at present. This is the first I have received since becoming president. It is a most precious document.“‘– Passport to Freedom, Epilogue
Other documents, such as the World Birth Certificate, have been used to solve problems as well. Many problems with nation-states can be traced to the birth certificate issued by the nation. National governments use such documents to “prove” that the baby is national property.
“The birth certificate thus becomes a form of theft, the theft of the child’s true identity as a free sovereign individual human being. By affixing a national seal of approval to a child, the state denies the freedom, rights, and dignity guaranteed by the UN Declaration. To reclaim them, then, requires another tool, one that confirms the being’s true identity as a human — a World Birth Certificate.
“. . . Standing before a judge, accused of refusing to serve in the military, a young person can produce a World Birth Certificate and explain that he is not permitted, under Article 30 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ‘to engage in any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.’ Furthermore, he or she can claim to be subject to, and the subject of, international law. A World Birth Certificate can also be used as the basis for refusal to pay war taxes. Thus, World Citizenship, combined with proof of identity, can help to neutralize the state’s power to coerce.” — Passport to Freedom, Ch. 25
Next, the WSA has created “World Guards”:
“Enforcing world law, however, is substantially different from seeing that laws of a local or national nature are obeyed. Violations at the global level — making or preparing for war, violating basic human rights, polluting the environment — are crimes against humanity itself, the entire species. They cannot be stopped or redressed by more violence. In essence, such crimes are manifestations of mental illness at the mass level. Only by dealing with the mental, emotional, or material causes can the cycle of violence be halted.
This work calls for ‘World Guards’ who combine the qualities of an Old West Sheriff, Indian sage and Robin Hood. World Guards act as direct representatives for World Citizens whose rights are violated, settling disputes between individuals and attacking national ignorance, intolerance and hypocrisy. Physically unarmed, they are roving ombudsmen who attempt to put wisdom to work for the benefit of humanity.“
— Passport to Freedom, Ch. 25