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World Government - For or against?
World government is the concept of a political body that would make, interpret and enforce international law. Inherent to the concept of a world government is the idea that nations would be required to pool or surrender (depending on point of view) sovereignty over some areas. A world government would be able to address problems which national governments or even regional alliances are not capable of independently addressing. The authority granted at this level and how it relates to national governments and/or citizens is debated by both proponents and opponents of world government.
World War II, 1939-1945, resulted in an unprecedented scale of destruction of lives (over 60 million dead, most of them civilians), and the USA's use of city-destroying atomic weaponry. Some of the acts committed against civilians during the war were on such a massive scale of savagery, they came to be widely considered as crimes against humanity itself. As the war's conclusion drew near, many shocked voices called for the establishment of institutions able to permanently prevent deadly international conflicts. This led to the founding of the United Nations in 1945, which adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Many, however, felt that the UN, essentially a forum for discussion and coordination between sovereign governments, was insufficiently empowered for the task. A number of prominent persons, such as Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill, Bertrand Russell and Mahatma Gandhi, called on governments to proceed further by taking gradual steps towards forming an effectual federal world government.
How do you feel about a world government? Would you vote for a world governing body?