Home Rule Globally
Abstract of -
Making World Government
More Acceptable to Mass Media
In the quest for ways to stimulate support for world federation, this article focuses on the self-interest of the mass media. The media establishment makes lots of money from presidential election campaigns. It is logical, therefore, to imagine the media would be less opposed to world federation if they could be persuaded that it would not diminish political campaign advertising, but instead would likely increase it.
At present, contributions to fund political campaigns are not even tax deductible. Making them deductible would stimulate funds from those who itemize deductions -- typically persons in the higher income brackets. However, if some proportion of every political contribution were a tax credit it would stimulate contributions from all taxpayers. Ewbank characterizes this as a "gimmick" to stimulate revenue for the mass media, He proposes that a deal to form a world federation should stipulate that a proportion of any political contribution be applied as a credit toward whatever income taxes are assessed – by world government from the outset, setting an example for subsidiary jurisdictions to follow suit. Thus, ideally and up to reasonable limits, contributions to global candidates would offset global income taxes; contributions to national candidates would offset national income taxes, and likewise for contributions to state, county and local candidates.
This "gimmick" is illustrative of any number of creative measures that could be applied to generate more enthusiasm for world government. We all recognize that campaign finance is a thorny problem that needs thoughtful regulation. This particular proposal would tend to reduce the role of wealthy donors and assure more funding from ordinary citizens. It is in keeping with the objective of democratically electing governments that will look out after the interests of all people and not just the ones with deep pockets.