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Monday, June 11, 2012

Global Governance Utopianism and the Threats to Freedom

It does not take much to trace the lineage of the global governance movement. Beginning with the very first work on international law, written by Herman Grotius in 1623, down through the philosophical writings of Immanuel Kant and Karl Krause and to the mid- 20th century novels of H.G. Wells, a line can be drawn threading together advocacy of intellectuals and political leaders for the establishment of some kind of global authority to be placed in charge of governing mankind’s work and activities.

The growth of this movement springs largely from utopian notions of the perfectibility of the world--that mankind’s tendency towards violent conflict, the inequitable distribution of wealth, and the degradation of the environment can only be cured by the pronouncements of a wise council of men who dictate how conflict is to be resolved and the methods by which the world’s assets are to be distributed.

The commonalities which bind together advocacy for global governance today are fairly clear:
  • A belief that the nation state is either obsolete or in imminent decline
  • A rejection of capitalist economies and the role of free enterprise
  • A profound distrust of common forms of human organization, including democratic self-government and the nuclear family
  • An acceptance of the idea that an international consensus exists that all nations and all peoples have common goals
  • An abiding contempt for all forms of organized religion
  • An unwillingness to brook opposition of any kind
Such a philosophy has brought the global governance movement into direct confrontation with constitutional democracy in this century. For constitutional democracy is founded not upon collectivist ideals but upon the virtues of individualism and the ability of human beings to resolve their conflicts in a just and equitable manner. Constitutional democracy is neither statist nor authoritarian. It trusts in human nature, rather than rejects it and has its roots planted deeply in the belief that humanity has an elevated purpose tied to the existence of a force beyond itself.

Global governance advocates paint a pretty picture of a world where human happiness would be assured once differences between peoples--whether they be of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation or ability--were eradicated.

But let's be frank. Differences between human beings cannot be eradicated. The collectivist experiments of the 20th Century in the U.S.S.R and its satellite communist regimes failed miserably to create happiness for anyone except an elite few and resulted only in the impoverishment of once robust economies, the imposition of heavy regulation, the imprisonment of “enemies of the State” and the mass murder of millions.

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