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De-Demonizing Supra-National Government

The UN is a pygmy struggling within international anarchy" is the way Michael Doyle, professor of Foreign and Security Policy at Columbia University and former assistant secretary-general of the UN puts it. Why so? After all, wasn't the UN chartered to end war and implement an admirable set of human rights? Perhaps the very nations most influential in organizing the UN feared it would concentrate power unto itself, acquire an army, and dominate the world in the same way that most national governments dominate the states they are composed of?

Transforming the UN to limit its potential as a centralized power should "de-demonize" it in the minds of those who now fear it. The clear requirement for this will be to transform it from an organization working to consolidate power globally, to one whose mission is limited to global problems that resist solution by nations acting in their own national-interests. Military force, monetarism, and political parties are examples of phenomena that typically centralize at the national level but which many of us reasonably fear could centralize globally. However; Ewbank contends that the phenomena in these examples will become unnecessary, eventually, if the planet's nations unite to solve global problems with decentralized world federalism.

Ewbank's reasoning relating to these three examples, gleaned from various writings, is more or less as follows: 1) a global program for peaceful mediation of international disputes would eventually attenuate dispute settlement by force; 2) private bank-notes &/or currencies regulated to strict international standards set by a global authority would eliminate the evils of inflation and foreign exchange instability that are now characteristic of national currencies; and 3) if the global parliament were elected from candidates qualified to run based on recognition of their qualities as servant leaders rather than their selection by party leaders, their actions would be much more likely to serve the true interests of the citizenry, and fear of global centralization would diminish.