Skip to comments.Rooting for World Government
Posted on 12/26/2008 10:47:41 PM PST by Coleus
And now for a world government. That is the title of an important op-ed by Gideon Rachman that appeared in the Financial Times of London important both for the showcase in which it appeared and the smug admissions it makes. The Financial Times (FT) is notable not only for the distinctive salmon-colored paper on which it is printed, but for who reads it. It is the main competitor of the Wall Street Journal for the position of top must read daily economic newspaper for global business, financial, and political elites.
I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the US, says Rachman in his opening sentence. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana, he continues. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible. For decades the Rachman-types in the media have ridiculed as raving paranoiacs all who have attempted to expose and oppose the schemes of globalists to establish a world government piecemeal, brick by brick, institution by institution. Now he admits world government is closer than we think.
But dont worry, he consoles; its certain to be much more benign than the dystopian nightmare forecast by the lunatic fringe. According to Rachman, the coming world government will probably look much like the European Union gone global:
A world government would involve much more than co-operation between nations. It would be an entity with state-like characteristics, backed by a body of laws. The European Union has already set up a continental government for 27 countries, which could be a model. The EU has a supreme court, a currency, thousands of pages of law, a large civil service and the ability to deploy military force.
Further, world government is, in Rachmans eyes, not only plausible, but desirable even necessary. For, as he notes, it is increasingly clear that the most difficult issues facing national governments are international in nature: there is global warming, a global financial crisis, and a global war on terror. Rachman is especially high on a recent report from the Managing Global Insecurity project, whose small US advisory group includes John Podesta, the man heading Mr Obamas transition team and Strobe Talbott, the president of the Brookings Institution.
This is the same Strobe Talbott who was Bill Clintons Russia adviser and deputy secretary of state. Before that he was Bill Clintons roommate, first at Oxford and later in Moscow when the duo went to Russia in 1969. Talbotts journalism career began there in Moscow, under the tutelage of Soviet journalist Vitali Yevgenyevich Lui, who was better known in the West as Victor Louis, the nom de plume under which his articles appeared in publications such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. Victor Louis was one of the KGBs most important assets for planting disinformation stories in the western media, through his own stories as well as through the scoops he provided to western journalists.
Louis and his KGB overlords picked the young Talbott as the journalist (actually then just an intern for Time magazine) to whom they would leak Khrushchevs KGB-massaged memoirs. It was this boost from Louis that launched Talbotts career. Talbott and Louis would remain close, and Talbott would continue to follow Louis KGB lead when reporting on the Soviet Union and U.S. foreign policy vis-a-vis the Soviet Union. In a 1992 essay for Time magazine, entitled The Birth of the Global Nation, Talbott wrote glowingly of the vision he saw materializing, in which nationhood as we know it will be obsolete; all states will recognize a single, global authority. A phrase briefly fashionable in the mid-20th-century citizen of the world will have assumed real meaning.
World government is a theme Talbott has continued to expound (and expand) upon, most recently in his 2008 book, The Great Experiment: The Story of Ancient Empires, Modern States, and the Quest for a Global Nation. Talbotts influence through Brookings and Managing Global Insecurity (MGI) will undoubtedly be significant in the new Obama administration. MGIs own website tells us:
The goal of MGI is to provide recommendations and generate political momentum for the next American president, the United Nations, and key international partners to launch a strategic effort to revitalize the multilateral security system in 2009. The MGI Project will build international support for global institutions and partnerships that can foster international peace and security and the prosperity they enable for the next 50 years.
Rachman approvingly notes that a recent MGI report argues for the creation of a UN high commissioner for counter-terrorist activity, a legally binding climate-change agreement negotiated under the auspices of the UN and the creation of a 50,000-strong UN peacekeeping force. Once countries had pledged troops to this reserve army, the UN would have first call upon them.
Dunno. Maybe the hundred worst sociopaths on the planet?
I would only be for a world goverment if I was in charge.
I would focus only on my own pleasure, since that is what the world wants (see african dictators. I would build massive, billion dollar pleasure domes all over the world, ruining economy after economy.
Believe me, after I get through with it, the idea of one world goverment will be dead. (as would me, the imperious leader, since a coup would have to force me out. but what a ride!)
My goals would be more modest;
A)Monday would be Beer and Ribs Night. An official legal holiday in which people would be required to shout, ALL HAIL BEER AND RIBS!
B) I’d gather the best minds on the planet to create a sport in which the trebuchet played a major role.
Beyond that, it would be pretty much business as usual.
First, I don’t see as there’s anything conspiratorial about the world-government pushers; they are quite up front and open about what they want and have been vocal for decades.
Second, they won’t succeed. China and the third world may be quite willing to let the west destroy themselves with this madness, but they won’t ever be submitting to any meaningful global authority.
As to world government, FTW!
I’m not sure a world government would consist of any less worthy leaders than we have here in the US (I’ll see your “Barney Frank” and raise you an “Al Franken”). In the past I thought it was our system and Constitution that was worthy of preservation, but more and more it seems that the results are in for the “American Experiment”, and they aren’t encouraging.
no mention of that little known - and most successful government - that pulled together 50 states, eh?
There is the model, and the EU can go to hell.
I suggest we have an amendment to change the name of the world from Earth. Who named it Earth anyway to a more appropriate name like Utopio.
How about ORB-ama?
We could re-name the USA to Obamabama. A state of Utopio in the nation of Orbama.
Chinasota..ruled by Al Franken.
HEAR YEE! HEAR YEE!
Durasell is now the minister of Beer and Ribs!
The new slogan will be “A beer in every hand and a rib in every hand!”
Tell your friends.
Now that’s the spirit!
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.