'World Citizen No. 1' Dies Stateless
Garry Davis founded 'world passport' movement
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 29, 2013 4:48 AM CDT
Updated Jul 29, 2013 7:36 AM CDT
Davis' organization issued more than half a million World Passports.   (Wikipedia/Sakuradate)

(Newser) – Former American citizen Garry Davis has died after decades of statelessness as a "citizen of the world." Davis, who was 91, renounced his nationality and all others in 1948 and was arrested many times in the following years as he tried to travel the world with a "World Passport" he had devised, the New York Times reports. As "World Citizen No. 1," he founded the World Government of World Citizens, which has issued more than half a million World Passports and claims 150 countries have recognized them at one time or another.

Davis—a former Broadway actor whose views were shaped by the loss of his brother in World War II and his own guilt at having bombed German civilians as a B-17 pilot—believed getting rid of borders could bring about world peace. "We, the people, want the peace which only a world government can give," he declared after storming a United Nations General Assembly session in 1948. "The sovereign states you represent divide us and lead us to the abyss of total war." In his later years, he stopped traveling and settled in Vermont, but remained politically active: He sent a World Passport to Julian Assange last year, and the Voice of Russia reports he issued one to Edward Snowden earlier this month as well. (Click for another fascinating obituary.)

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
Jul 29, 2013 10:53 PM CDT
If the Obamatrons have their way no one will need a passport to enter the U. S. No ID required to vote is also the Merxist's goal.
Plato
Jul 29, 2013 6:41 PM CDT
Garry Davis attempted to achieve something that was not doable, and sure enough it did not happen. Humans have always grouped together for various reasons. There always has been and always will be "us and them" groups, to proclaim it can/will happen might sound noble to some but in will never come to pass. The best us humans can achieve is for our groups to co-operate with each other, and first and foremost live and let live.
Chatsworth
Jul 29, 2013 6:24 PM CDT
Interesting outlook,unfortunately, his vision is becoming true.The UN and the G8 etc. are making it a one world government,but like communism, is failing to improve the world and making it worse.