Democratic World Government

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This essay deals with the theory and contraversy of a one world government.

Introduction - problems and benefits of World Government

The idea of world government has not received a good press for many years. It

tends to make most of us think of Stalinist dictators and fascist domination of

the globe. I wish to argue, though, that there is a viable form of democratic

world government which could bring many benefits.

A democratic world government that really worked would lead to a major increase

in the freedom enjoyed by all people on the planet. It would also make more

equitable the international balance of power which currently so heavily favours

the rich developed nations and their citizens at the expense of the much larger

numbers of citizens in the underdeveloped world.

The billion-dollar question is, though, whether there could be a form of

democratic world government which was workable and sustainable, not inefficient

and expensive, and above all which was fair?

Conventional ideas about world government, which typically picture it in the

form of a global parliament passing universal laws in order to create an

identikit legal framework for all world citizens, suffer from three severe

problems. Firstly, the near-impossibility of persuading all of the world's

countries to hand over their sovereignty to a global government of this sort.

Secondly, the risk - of which we are, and must always be, very aware - of

permitting a future global dictatorship of a particularly intransigent kind

(imagine how difficult it would be to dislodge a Hitler if he was in possession

of the kind of absolute power available through such a form of government). And

thirdly, as we see sometimes today in the European Community, the tendency of

such a large-scale government to...