I don't speak (or speak badly) English or Esperanto. How can I participate in your debates?

At the CosmoPolitical Cooperative, we are fully aware of the inequalities that appear in a debate when some participants in this debate master the language in which the debate is held better than other participants. This is of particular relevance for us as pan-European organisation based on deliberative democracy, where all decisions are the result of a thorough debate. This linguistic difficulty is compound by our strategic decision to create one single organisation, with no place for fragmentation along national or linguistic lines.

Our debates are held in our official languages:

  • English, which is the international communication language that is currently most used, but that contributes to the perpetuation of economic and social inequalities; and

  • Esperanto, a language planned to be easy to learn (by a factor of ca. 10 compared to any natural language), and is thus socially and economically much fairer.

We have taken specific precautions in our decision-making processes to mitigate linguistic inequality among Cooperators: all our decisions are taken in writing and in non real-time, after a debate held on-line. Thereby, you have all the time you need to understand a message or an argument, and to express your own message or argument, with none of the time pressure arising in an oral, real-time debate.

As described in our societal project, the Society of Agreement, our long-term ambition is to hold all our debates in Esperanto, as the low-tech (or even no-tech) means of inter-linguistic communication, just like the Indonesians communicate across more than 700 local languages with the standard Indonesian language (bahasa Indonesia).

We hence recommend, if you have no knowledge (or only a limited knowledge) of either English or Esperanto:

  • to start immediately following a (free) on-line course of Esperanto, for which the CosmoPolitical Cooperative provides support in the form of Mutual Support Groups;

  • while you learn, to use the automated translators existing on the market (such a DeepL used by the CosmoPolitical Cooperative for 22 languages of the European Union, because of its respect of privacy under the strict European General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR or Gramtrans from English to Esperanto) to translate the written texts of our on-line debates to your native language and your contributions back into English or Esperanto. This technical solution is resource-intensive, as it uses Artificial Intelligence, but obtains very remarkable results.

See the document justifying our internal rules, §4.3, for a more thorough discussion of linguistic fairness in the CosmoPolitical Cooperative.