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Question: Do you support the idea of some kind of World Government?
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« on: October 29, 2006, 09:18:44 am »

33 day poll.
First of all Don't think of the UN, because there many problems with that model.
Second, Don't (necessarily) think of a model where indivual nations would cease to exist or give up all or most of the national sovereignty, unless you think that would be inevitable and/or you like that idea.
Think of any model that you like...
But basically, no fence sitters are allowed (although not voting is always an option) I basically want to see if the majority favors or opposes this idea.
I don't want to eleborate to much on what I envision in a world government, because the more specific I am the more likely people would vote no.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2006, 09:28:00 am »

Please pardon all the spelling and gramatical errors.
I'm really not that stupid.
Obviously I type too fast.
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2006, 10:00:35 am »

Absolutely. We want to make great strides as a species, but cant even work with eachother. Imagine what we could do all working together!
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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2006, 10:11:59 am »

Absolutely. We want to make great strides as a species, but cant even work with eachother. Imagine what we could do all working together!

Thanks... I couldn't have said it better myself.
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« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2006, 10:31:28 am »

I think the idea is a valid one - however I think it would take some massive global trauma for the desire for such a thing to come about.
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« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2006, 10:35:14 am »

Shame on you!
This is size-fits-all taken to its extreme form.

Let me tell you, outside of liberal la-la land, what would happen if we implemented a world government tomorow:
A coalition of indian and chinese would come into power, who would "find" that the weestern world has too much money and they themselves too little. They would start a massive redistribution campaign to destroy wealth in the developed world and prop themselves up.
Is this what you want? Seriously, there once was a time when decentralization was a liberal ideal. Where has that gone to?
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« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2006, 10:37:42 am »

Well look at what we have now. More and more nations getting nuclear weapons. How are we going to stop WWIII? Or do you think that it is inevitable?
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« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2006, 10:41:15 am »
« Edited: October 29, 2006, 10:44:22 am by Bono »

Well look at what we have now. More and more nations getting nuclear weapons. How are we going to stop WWIII? Or do you think that it is inevitable?

This is an argument?
Anyways, it could easily be solved if each one of the countries trying to get nuclear weapons were broken up into 1,000+ small city states.
But even aside from that, I don't see any reason why swift action--and less talk shop like what the UN does, which would be only aplified by a global government--cannot stop it.
Besides, one thing is having nuclear weapons, and another completely different thing is using them.
Besides, your side doesn't seem to have many proble,ms with countries having nuclear weapons, since it was them that were praising the Soviet Union in the 70s.

You also haven't adressed anything I said.
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« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2006, 10:44:43 am »

The point is that I don't think the current geo-political environment would exist - if such a thing were considered desirable enough to enter into.

It would be only in the aftermath of something HUGE.
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« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2006, 10:47:56 am »

The point is that I don't think the current geo-political environment would exist - if such a thing were considered desirable enough to enter into.

It would be only in the aftermath of something HUGE.

Yes, you'd need a kind of man that doesn't exist, ie, the "New Marxist Man".
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« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2006, 10:49:02 am »

Bono,
Do you think war is inevitable?
If not how would you propose we achieve world peace?
The thing that motivated me to start this thread was more about how do we achieve world peace than about how to achieve world government.
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« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2006, 10:53:49 am »

Bono - I'm talking aftermath of some plantary disaster when national boundaries will seem somewhat pointless... but since such a thing is not likely to see any of us around at the end... it somewhat makes the point moot.

I think world peace is a wonderful idea, and something I would love to see - however, the very thing which makes large scale Marxist/Communism impossible makes the idea of world peace impossible. People.

We all have wants and desires which may not be in line with the main body wants, the human is an ambitious and selfish creature... me included.
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« Reply #12 on: October 29, 2006, 10:55:36 am »

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Do you think war is inevitable?
When did I say that?

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If not how would you propose we achieve world peace?

Do you really want me to answer this? Fine, I will.

By abolishing all governments in the face of the earth. War is nothing more than something governments do to increase their power. hayek espounds upon this in Road to Serfdom. Abolish governments, and you can do with war, since for market entities that don't have a tax base, war is not profitable or desirable.
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« Reply #13 on: October 29, 2006, 11:00:12 am »

As a former student of political economy if I never have to read ANYTHING by Hayek, Friedman or Marx again I will be a deleriously happy man.
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« Reply #14 on: October 29, 2006, 11:00:12 am »

Bono,
So, in other words, you don't think the Libertarian party goes far enough?
Don't just have limited government, but eliminate it altogether?
Would we have traffic lights in such a world or a common currency?
Would we have police or would people protect themselves?
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« Reply #15 on: October 29, 2006, 11:02:52 am »

Yes, provided it would be organized in the form of a federal democratic republic.

But I probably won't live long enough to see it... if it happens at all.
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« Reply #16 on: October 29, 2006, 11:06:49 am »

I'd support it, but only on the strict condition that it is ruled by a man named Nicolae Carpathia.
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« Reply #17 on: October 29, 2006, 11:11:18 am »

No way. I would rather be smothered in my sleep tonight then live under a world government. The force that would be needed to rule over 6 billion people would be enormous and the constrains of keeping such a government together would, in my mind, lead to a totalitarian form being the most aptly suited to a world-spanning state.

You can never stop war, never. It is impossible. World peace is not achievable in any way. War is a basic human nature as it is the greatest final arbiter of conflict between groups. While you might have a singular government you may have sub-national entities that fight each other, warlords, cartels, clans, tribes, etc., or if the world state turns into a totalitarian state, in order to maintain its dominion over 6 billion disperate people, it would have to be at a constant state of war with those who it percieves as deviants and enemies of the state.

By abolishing all governments in the face of the earth. War is nothing more than something governments do to increase their power. hayek espounds upon this in Road to Serfdom. Abolish governments, and you can do with war, since for market entities that don't have a tax base, war is not profitable or desirable.

Oh come on Bono I can show you examples of how that is completely wrong. Let's take your greatest example of a anarchist country, Somalia. Even before these Islamic Courts came to power and began to fight their way into control there were warlords who constantly fought with each other to gain power and control over territory. While it is possible that in a completely government-less society there would not be war, although I think then you'd just have people murdering each other instead, a government-less society can never happen. When there is a vacuum of power, as there was in Somalia or in Afghanistan, those who can organize and protect themselves assert themselves as rulers. Within a few years within this power vacuum you get the power being taken up by warlords and new entities that were not apparent when the government collapsed. So a true anarchy isn't really possible in any sense since the power vacuum created by not having a government is filled by any number of new warlords, communes, organizations, and governmental entities.
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« Reply #18 on: October 29, 2006, 11:13:34 am »

I would like to see at least three things if there ever were a world government.
1. It would not be headquarted in the USA.
2. Every nation would have the right to resign it membership.
3. It would be democratic and proportional. Not necessarily in the sense of proportional representation (although that is not a bad idea), but in the sense of larger countries being represented more proportionally than smaller, in terms of population. Not like it is in the UN where we have one country one vote which doesn't really make much sense.
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« Reply #19 on: October 29, 2006, 11:19:18 am »

Bono,
So, in other words, you don't think the Libertarian party goes far enough?
I thought everyone knew I didn't.

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Don't just have limited government, but eliminate it altogether?
Yes.
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Would we have traffic lights in such a world or a common currency?
I don't see why not, but traffic lights are far from essential anyways. As for common currency, the market tends to gold as a currency unit. I don't see why this would be any different.

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Would we have police or would people protect themselves?
There would be private defense associations, and people would also protect themselves. Anyways, this is the situation now, because the police doesn't have any obligation to protect hte people, just to find and detain the criminals.
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« Reply #20 on: October 29, 2006, 11:21:49 am »

By abolishing all governments in the face of the earth. War is nothing more than something governments do to increase their power. hayek espounds upon this in Road to Serfdom. Abolish governments, and you can do with war, since for market entities that don't have a tax base, war is not profitable or desirable.

Oh come on Bono I can show you examples of how that is completely wrong. Let's take your greatest example of a anarchist country, Somalia. Even before these Islamic Courts came to power and began to fight their way into control there were warlords who constantly fought with each other to gain power and control over territory. While it is possible that in a completely government-less society there would not be war, although I think then you'd just have people murdering each other instead, a government-less society can never happen. When there is a vacuum of power, as there was in Somalia or in Afghanistan, those who can organize and protect themselves assert themselves as rulers. Within a few years within this power vacuum you get the power being taken up by warlords and new entities that were not apparent when the government collapsed. So a true anarchy isn't really possible in any sense since the power vacuum created by not having a government is filled by any number of new warlords, communes, organizations, and governmental entities.
Anarchy does not mean--at least in the sense that I apply it, though anarcho-socialists would disagree with me--the absense of authority, or even the absense of government. It simply means the absense of a state. Anarcho-capitalists don't propose chaos, they propose sponteneous order.
As for the ICU, I'm waiting to see what comes of them. One of their leaders expressed some very libertarian ideas, believe it or not.
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« Reply #21 on: October 29, 2006, 11:23:18 am »

As a former student of political economy if I never have to read ANYTHING by Hayek, Friedman or Marx again I will be a deleriously happy man.

Your professors considered Marx to be serious economics?
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« Reply #22 on: October 29, 2006, 11:38:50 am »

Shame on you!
This is size-fits-all taken to its extreme form.


A coalition of indian and chinese would come into power, who would "find" that the weestern world has too much money and they themselves too little. They would start a massive redistribution campaign to destroy wealth in the developed world and prop themselves up.


That is exactly what would happen. Also the majority might impose its will on the rest. Would China impose its view of religion, atheism? Would India impose Hinduism? Maybe the muslims might someday become the majority and impose Islamic fundamentalism.

If the rest of the world wants to do something like that let them. But keep the US out of it.
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« Reply #23 on: October 29, 2006, 11:45:49 am »

Considering a world government would probably compose nations and groups that wish the death penality on homosexuals, then no I don't think it is my best interests for us to join!
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« Reply #24 on: October 29, 2006, 11:52:09 am »

As a former student of political economy if I never have to read ANYTHING by Hayek, Friedman or Marx again I will be a deleriously happy man.

Your professors considered Marx to be serious economics?

It was historical political theory... you can't not study Marx... and I couldn't abide him... mid you I can't stand Hayek or Freidman either.


I think you're missing the point... A One World Government would only come about should something cataclysmic happen and there is only a small world population left. There will not repeat NOT be a OWG within the parameters of the present geo-political climate - so all the fear of China and India is pointless.
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