One world democracy: a progressive vision for enforceable global law
Abstract:Humanity has a long list of achievements in the last century of which to be proud. Mankind has launched deep space probes; doubled the human life span; vastly improved productivity; and built communication systems that link the world at the speed of light. Gleaming cities now dot the landscape throughout the world. Education, literacy, health, and prosperity levels are rising in most countries. We have in fact made progress in virtually every sphere of human life, but with one glaring exception: international politics and the pursuit of world peace.
War in all its savagery still blights the earth; its weapons are increasingly deadly. Our manner of settling international disputes through sanctioned killing is nothing less than ritualized insanity - a form of institutionalized madness on a global scale. War, our greatest crime, now poses dangers of unimaginable proportions. Meanwhile, global environmental degradation has reached a critical turning point and its ravages have also become a threat to survival.
And why is this? Despite incremental improvements in the function of international law and the United Nations, the world system is fragmented. Disharmony and lawlessness reign. The best interests of humanity are set aside in favor of “sovereign” nations in search of security, by a superpower bent on imperial domination, and by unaccountable global corporations or banking interests seeking profit. We are haunted by militant ethnic or religious groups unable to find the freedom or justice they seek. And lurking behind it all are global elites, the ultimate insiders who use their privileged access to the levers of power to manipulate any part of the global system for private wealth and power. These subgroups of humankind are focused inwardly on their own needs and largely do as they please—in an anarchic rule of self-righteousness and might makes right. They may achieve some of their short-term goals, but the result for the planet as a whole has been ecological destruction, economic injustice, and war after bloody war—and more recently the menace of a worldwide threat of terrorist attacks.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2007
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