IG’s Peace Blog

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First post on “world government”

I received an interesting link from Simon, a Belgian friend.  This is, as you can see, an article from the Financial Times of the UK, which is not a paper known for its extreme and radical views.  I talked a bit about “global governance” in October when discussing the financial crisis, and in the FT article some of those ideas are mentioned.

The article starts with two often repeated points that most major problems are global, and that the means  (transportation and communication) to facilitate collective action in response to these problems exist.  However, it adds an important third point:

“…a change in the political atmosphere suggests that “global governance” could come much sooner than that [ie sometime in the next two centuries]. The financial crisis and climate change are pushing national governments towards global solutions, even in countries such as China and the US that are traditionally fierce guardians of national sovereignty.”

The article goes on to elaborate on this, and, of course, mentions the usual caveats.  These notwithstanding, the article highlights the fact that what is holding back the process is the “human element”.  The fact that politically and culturally most populations and governments are afraid, or at least profoundly skeptical, of world government, even presented in its softer guise of “global governance.”

The implications of this for peace are obvious.  A stronger U.N. system of collective security, as well as other more effective security and development oriented global institutions are probably necessary to achieve and consolidate peace.  However, for this to happen, peoples’ world views have to change to begin to see the “earth as one country”.  Much research in political science indicates that effective institutions (in this case global) must rest on supportive values (in this case also global).

Which again brings us back to education, and the media–and this article indicates that some of the media, at least, are starting to catch on.


December 16, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , ,


  1. […] (do) we fear world government(?) Earlier this month I wrote a bit about world government, and I have invoked the topic from time to time.  I […]

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  2. You make a very rational argument for global governance.
    Continuing socio-economic inequity is the main fear, and the main obstacle preventing a collective vision of one human family. The unregulated lust for natural resources and cheap labor by global corporations transcends political power. It also continues to concentrate wealth in the hands of a small minority. Only a unified, world-wide awakening at the grassroots level for socio-economic democracy has the power to change this. This collective movement already is well underway and has a global model for governance in place; The Bahai International Community.
    Check out Bahai.org The set of foundational teachings at this site are the necessary enlightened building blocks for what they believe is an inevitable new era we are now just beginning to glimpse in the world. Their teachings on profitsharing are, in my opinion, profoundly urgent in light of our current global economic crisis, where we find ourselves on a dangerous precipice, looking down into an abyss of global disorder, of which the consequences are growing more horribly clear with each passing day.
    Let us all pray that the world discovers the Bahai world peace plan before it is too late.

    Comment by Darian Lance Smith | April 11, 2009 | Reply

    • Well, while I haven’t been emphasizing the fact too much in this blog, I am a Baha’i (too).

      Comment by igbarb19 | April 11, 2009 | Reply

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