Democratic World Government - An Outline Structure

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Democratic World Government - An Outline Structure


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 create detailed,

uniform laws for the entire area it governs; the impetus...