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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Is World Government Inevitable?

Birchers beware: the academic community might be rediscovering the Dantean dream of the universal monarchy.  I suspect climate change is driving this, at least in part.  (Or is world government driving "climate change"?)   Here's a piece that lays out the current thinking on it. http://aeon.co/magazine/world-views/will-a-world-government-work/

With reference to Dante above, see Burnham's classic takedown of this acute realism deficit in "the Machiavellians."  http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Machiavellians.html?id=FRomAAAAMAAJ He makes the important distinction between formal reasoning and real reasoning in political affairs.  Keep this in mind when you start reading more world government articles. 
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