Bio

I’m Peter Schurman, and I was the founding Executive Director at MoveOn.org.

More recently, I directed a campaign to amend the United States constitution to restore American democracy to the people, by overturning the Supreme Court’s decisions in Citizens United v. FEC and Buckley v. Valeo.

I have more than 20 years of experience building organizations that make the world a better place, as well as an MBA from Yale and an BA in History from the University of Pennsylvania.  I was born in Boston, grew up in Portland, Maine, and now live in California.

I have always believed that the time has come for world peace through a single, globally inclusive democracy.  Over time, I’ve watched as we’ve missed one opportunity after another to advance this goal.  And I’ve rarely seen anyone make a serious case for it.

I’ve concluded that this idea needs an advocate.  There’s nothing I believe in more deeply, so I’m taking it on.

5 responses

    • Earl, the short answer is: One Global Democracy will include everyone equally.

      For more texture, you might find the written treatment on our forthcoming film interesting.

      Here’s an excerpt:

      But aren’t all those people around the world very different from us? What will happen if we give all the Chinese, Indians, and Muslims an equal say in our laws?

      Actually, people’s values are surprisingly similar no matter where you go. There is international polling data on this. Its depth is limited, but what we can see is reassuring: in China, India, and the Islamic world, people’s values are much more similar to Americans’ values than we might think based on sensational headlines. People everywhere mostly want a balance of opportunity and security, along with democracy, equal rights for women, freedom of religion, and global cooperation on matters like climate change.

      Of course, there are cultural differences. But ISIS, for example, is no more representative of Islam than the KKK is of Christianity, and bellicose national leaders are not the same as their people. We read about acts of terror and despotism, but these are the work of extremists and sociopaths, not expressions of widely held values. Also, a global rule of law would constrain their lawless behavior, much more effectively than today’s fragmented patchwork of countries.

      • Peter, do you know anything at all about Islam, according to the original sources in the Quran and the Sunnah? You speak in slogans with no theological competence at all. It is absolutely foolish and dishonest to say that Islamic terror and totalitarian ideas are not according to Islam. Why don’t you take Muslims seriously if they say that they believe that the Quran is the directly inspired and unchangeable word of Allah?

  1. I saw you on Tucker Carlson. I strongly disagree with your ideas, but I wanted to give you a fair shake. Thanks for the interview to make me aware of your site and best of luck going forward.

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