I finally read Exopolitics: Politics, Government, and Law in the Universe (Universebooks, 2005). I had not known very much about Alfred Webre at the time I wrote my book Bridge to Earth, but according to Nick Pope, who served as the UFO Desk Officer with the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense from 1991-1994, “Alfred Webre can be regarded as the founding father of Exopolitics as a field of human inquiry.” Exopolitics, as well described by Mr. Pope, “relates to the study of humanity not just as inhabitants of Planet Earth but in the wider context of our position in a Universe that we share with other civilizations.”’s book
From the back cover: “Exopolitics is the evolution of Alfred Lambremont Webre’s groundbreaking work as a futurist at the Stanford Research Institute, where in 1977 he directed a proposed extraterrestrial communication study project of the Carter White House. This project was initiated because President Carter had seen a UFO in 1969 and was interested in the subject, as are millions of others.
Exopolitics may turn the dominant view of our Universe upside down. It reveals that we live on an isolated planet in the midst of a populated, evolving, and highly organized interplanetary, inter-galactic, and multi-dimensional Universe society. It explores why Earth seems to have been quarantined for eons from a more evolved Universe society. It suggests specific steps to end our isolation, by reaching out to the technologically and spiritually advanced civilizations that are engaging our world at this unique time in human history.”
I want to present some highlights of this book using excerpts, but first, here is Alfred Webre’s background (from “About the Author” section of the book):
“Alfred Lambremont Webre was a futurist at The Center for the Study of Social Policy at Stanford Research Institute (today, SRI International, Menlo Park, California). In that capacity, he served as Principal Investigator for a proposed civilian scientific study of extraterrestrial communication, i.e., interactive communication between our terrestrial human culture and that of possible intelligent Off-Planet Cultures, [with the domestic policy staff of the White House of President Jimmy Carter, until the project’s abrupt termination in fall of 1977].
A Fulbright Scholar, Webre is a graduate of Yale University. He earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he was a National Scholar, and completed the University of Texas Counseling Program. In addition to serving as a futurist at SRI, he was General Counsel to New York City’s EPA and was an environmental consultant to the Ford Foundation. He has taught Economics at Yale and Civil Liberties at the University of Texas and is an author. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar.”
Webre has also served as a delegate to the UNISPACE Outer Space Conference and an NGO representative at the United Nations, an elected Clinton-Gore delegate to the 1996 Texas Democratic Convention, and a member of the Governor’s Emergency Taskforce on Earthquake Preparedness for the State of California; and produced and hosted The Instant of Cooperation, the first live radio broadcast (1987) between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Today, he is “a space activist who works with others to prevent the weaponization of space and to transform the permanent war economy into a sustainable, peaceful, cooperative Space Age society reintegrated with a larger, intelligent Universe society.”
Central to Mr. Webre’s exopolitics model is the hypothesis that Earth has been quarantined within a highly-populated, -organized, and -advanced Universe society. It is not clear why the planetary quarantine was established in the first place, but it is put forth that some kind of catastrophic planetary rebellion or other key event in Earth’s exopolitical past may have played a role.
The quarantine hypothesis starts with the premise that “planetary life implementation programs are not solely biological. Where planetary conditions are appropriate, life implantation processes can produce intelligent species like humans that are both biological and spiritual.. Planets are grown like gardens. Much of life development of Planet Earth is the product of conscious intervention by the advanced, sophisticated techniques of the life-technologist of Universe society. This process takes billions of years… At a certain point in planetary evolution, intelligent life comes into being as part of the life experimentation scheme. With this intelligent life comes the human soul, a trans-temporal entity that experiences life as a human, and survives bodily death into other dimensions of the Universe. .. Soul-bearing planets are visited and developed by formal planetary representatives of Universe society. These Universe representatives are charged with ‘civilizing’ the planet into Universe citizenship… On normal life experiment planets, general knowledge of, and participation in, interplanetary society occurs form the outset of civilization…”
However, because of Earth’s planetary quarantine, “…Universe circuits of communication and advanced energy have been cut off [from Earth], throwing our planet into devolution… As a result of the quarantine, Earth has been historically deprived of normal planetary evolution and education. We have been kept in the dark about Universe society, and the advanced technologies and superior quality of life that normal planets enjoy.”
“In Universe society, love, rather than conflict, is the central organizing principle among advanced civilization. A heritage of our planetary quarantine is that military aggression, political oppression, and economic exploitations are the predominant means of self-government…”
“Technically, the quarantine of Earth is achieved by way of the superior technology and advanced evolution of Universe society,” and “the UFO encounters that we experience on Earth are actually intentional ‘leaks’ in what is otherwise a total quarantine of Earth by advanced extraterrestrial civilizations.” Thus the UFO encounters, which started around 1947, have been termed “leaky embargo” by Dr. Hal Puthoff and colleagues at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Austin.
“In the quarantine hypothesis, Earth’s humanity is not yet sufficiently morally evolved to be unilaterally included in a Universe ‘dimensional’ role. Universe society does not want us to export war or violence into interstellar or inter-dimensional space. The powerful nations of Earth… are attempting to continue the militarization of outer space. These Earth nations are on a collision course with Universe society’s ethics and laws pertaining to the peaceful use of space. The militarization of outer space may be the single most important factor preventing the end of Earth’s isolation from civilized space society. Humanity may not be permitted into Universe society without an absolute ban on warfare and weapons in a jurisdiction ruled by the standards of a common Universe government.”
“The highest levels of Universe government are most concerned with the spiritual evolution of interstellar space, its vast networks of life-bearing planets, and its myriad civilizations of intelligent, spiritual beings. Earth has been the subject of special scrutiny within the higher universal realms. In our history as a planet, we have been quarantined primarily for spiritual reasons. Hence, within Universe society, Earth is an unusual and fairly well-known life experiment planet. Metaphorically, Earth is the Galapagos Islands of spiritual evolution, because the species of souls we produce are greatly affected by our isolation.”
“The end to our planetary quarantine will be based on open interaction between Universe society and Earth… The Universe is designed as a living environment for the education and evolution of consciousness. Our universe isolation will end when we are ready for the next lesson. There is good reason to believe that the end of Earth isolation in the Universe is now approaching.” Toward this effort, Webre proposes to “create the Decade of Contact, a 10-year social program officially dedicated to examining the issues of extraterrestrial contact, a decade of official world participation in activating global consciousness and knowledge about Universe society… Through education, media and grass roots politics, a Decade of Contact can bring awareness about Universe society to public consciousness, and can reorient human science and institutions…”
“In short, our planetary civilization will enter an unprecedented era of development of humanity on Earth. Unparalleled democratization and expansion of individual liberties will accompany our integration into Universe society. The permanent warfare economy will be transformed into a sustainable, cooperative Space Age society, one integrated with a larger Universe society.”
Webre discusses how the “federal systems of government here on Earth reflect the design of Universe governments”: “The relationship between universal governmental forms and terrestrial governmental forms is far deeper than mere comparative government. It is holographic. …a hologram is an entity in which the whole of the hologram is present in every part of the hologram. Universal government is holographic in the sense that the whole of the Universe government appears in its every part. Terrestrial natural law, social law, and constitutional law are actual holographic entities of Universal law. Very roughly speaking, the legislative pattern of Universe government can be seen in Earth’s legislatures, even corrupted as they are from the planetary quarantine… Our science fiction novels, films, and TV shows have made interplantary federation familiar to us. We can readily understand how an interplantary federation might work. Likewise, we can understand the concept of a Universe judiciary. Universe courts decide disputes among planets… The executive function of Universe government is mysterious..”
Similarly, he describes us Earth humans “as holographic fragments of a living Universe”: “Each of us has a holographic entity of God within us, as does each spiritual entity in the Universe. We can influence events in the Universe through conscious spiritual acts. This is not a metaphor, but actual reality.”
He describes how living on a quarantined planet has affected the human soul: “One long-term benefit arising from Earth’s quarantine is that our isolation has helped build a soul that can live on hope alone. Our human souls must reach deep into inner resources to overcome many of the linger tendencies of the planetary quarantine, such as war, confusion, poverty, violence, and ignorance…From the viewpoint of a Universe career, Earth’s challenges may be ideal circumstances during the course of our lengthy evolution. A Universe career spans much longer than a single human lifetime on Planet Earth. Human souls progress on a path of development in a multidimensional Universe with individual outcomes dependent upon our choices and actions in our Universe lives…”
“The process of reintegration will be gradual and will proceed in stages. It is, however, a reclaiming of our original blueprint as divinely connected, evolving beings.”
According to the book, an ABC-NEWS poll in October 2000 found that 47% of U.S. adults believe that intelligent life exists on other planets in the Universe, and that of these people, 60% believe that extraterrestrials have visited Earth. Alfred Webre’s book is endorsed by officers of national governments, a U.S. military officer (retired), a former NASA astronaut, and scholars, journalists, and educators with established careers and reputations. I think that in the near future, looking back in history, we will recognize Alfred Webre’s work as a landmark.