I take the regrettable end of the One World Digest in its previous form as an opportunity to briefly present my views on the so-called World Federalist Movement. The Wikipedia pages about it are incomplete, wrong in places or outdated.
first attempts at organised world federalism were made between the
two world wars in Great Britain and the USA. The topic was world
government in general. In February 1947, a merger of several
organisations took place during the Ashville Congress. At that time,
according to a Gallup poll, 56% of US Americans were in favour of a
World Federation (Weltregierung - Für und wider eine Idee, PDF German).
One could certainly speak of a movement
More than 400 participants came to the first World Congress of the "United World Federalists" in Montreux/Switzerland in August 1947. With the "Declaration of Montreux" adopted there, it was hoped to be able to influence the review of the UN Charter (San Francisco Promise) expected by 1955 at the latest. This Congress also generated scepticism, especially among World Federalists with more radical ideas. The second World Congress in September 1948 was attended by 260 more delegates and observers. The number of members they represented is not documented. Even here, the reality of a movement can be doubted.
Then Garry Davis appeared. His eccentric actions in Paris gave rise to a World Citizens' Movement, which largely overshadowed the movement of the World Federalists. However, the flash in the pan of this movement quickly burnt out and with it almost all groups of World Federalists disappeared into political insignificance. What remained were pitiful remnants of quarrelling World Federalist associations and the dishonest business with the World Passport, which still finds the support of some active World Federalists.
Only the World Federalist Movement / Institute for Global Policy (WFM/IGP) has been able to hold its own and exert political influence through its pragmatic work. Keith Best has written an insightful article on this. However, the organisation, which for decades maintained an office at the United Nations in New York, now lacks the financial resources for a secretariat. While the news from the WFM/IGP sounded optimistic six months ago, recent statements by insiders give more cause for concern.
World Federalists are no longer a movement. At best, they can still
be seen as a scene. I guess you can get the active World Federalists
worldwide who are really doing something for the cause on a bus. From
that point of view, the self-designation as "World Federalist
Movement" is misleading. That is why I think a change of name is
in order. Furthermore, one should distance oneself from the"Democratic World Federalists", who are still listed as an
affiliate. With such a rotten potato in the box, one should not be
surprised if potential sponsors prefer to support other
Otherwise, the campaign looks less promising. Even though the YWF boast 1000 members on the idiotic internet platform "Discord", they are only a handful of young men convinced of themselves. They see criticism as an attack, arrogantly throw constructive advice to the wind and warnings are ignored. Thus, against their better judgement, they have entered into a partnership with the WCPA offshoot "Earth Constitution Institute". One must expect further irritation from there. And one thing should already be certain: Even if the YWF proclaim it grandly, it will never become a movement.