World Government

The image is a modification of Thomas Cole's Consummation, from his series, The Course of Empire (1845).

The image is a modification of Thomas Cole's Consummation, from his series, The Course of Empire (1845).

 
 

This topic grew on its own. World government is a theme that plays a large role in many eschatological scenarios. It is also often touched on in foreign policy these days, at least obliquely.

 

2011

How Civilizations Die
(David Goldman, also known as "Spengler," gives us another Demographic Dreadful.)    

The Katechonic Commonwealth
(A comparative approach to the Western Universal State.)  

The Origins of Political Order
(Francis Fukuyama explains the origins of the state.)

2009

Caritas in Veritate
(Benedict XVI's specifications for an ecumenical polity.)    

Rites of Peace
(Adam Zamoyski recounts the oddly neglected Congress of Vienna.)    

The Next 100 Years
(George Friedman does a geopolitical projection of the 21st century.)

2008

Empires of Trust
(Thomas Madden updates the analogy of Rome to America for the 21st century.)

The Return of History
(Robert Kagan makes short work of Fareed Zakaria and Francis Fukuyama.)    

The Post-American World
(Fareed Zakaria reveals an Indian future for America in an anti-apocalyptic model of history.)    

The Nomos of the Earth
(Carl Schmitt reveals how the Belgians unhinged the Eurocentric world.)

2007

Bounding Power
(Daniel H. Deudney explains that the international system has been a republic for some time.)


2006

God's Plan for America
(The title is an exaggeration.)

2005

On Tyranny
(Leo Strauss and Alexandre Kojève struggle for the souls of men.)

2004

The Coming World Civilization
(William Ernest Hocking surmises what the role of Christianity will be in the world after modernity.)    

Dante's World Government
[De Monarchia in the 21st century.]

2003

The Perfection of the West
[Another of my anthologies, this book promotes a soft millennialism, with Spengler doing duty for Isaiah.]

The Unconquerable World
(Jonathan Schell tries to take satyagraha global. A version of this review appeared in American Outlook (Winter, 2004).)

The Coming Caesars
[Amaury de Riencourt gives America the full Spenglerian treatment.]    

One World
[Peter Singer on the ethics of Globalization.]

2002

Warrior Politics
[Robert Kaplan on the ethics of Peace with Teeth.]


2001

The World After Modernity
[This paper was delivered under the title "Spengler's Future" at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Center for Millennial Studies in November, 2001.]    

Empire
(Antonio Negri and Michael Hardt’s postmodernist plot to overthrow the City of God.)    

Tribe and Empire
("An Essay on the Social Contract," by Patrick E. Kennon, that argues why the Nation must give way to the Empire.)

1999

Theonomy, Globalism & Babylon
(A millenarian reaction to proposals for American hegemony.)

1998

On the Nature of the Coming World Government
(Why a universal state would be neither paradise nor Hell on Earth.)

1996

Permanent Interests
(Why American foreign policy must be hegemonic. Sorry, but it's true.)    

World Government and the Roman Catholic Church
(This essay is about the role of the international system in Catholic social theory. I wrote it specifically for the edification of the isolationist wing of the Catholic political right in the United States. You know who you are.)    

Spengler's Future
(This book began as a computer exercise while I was teaching myself BASIC. I decided to try to write a program to predict the future, so I used Oswald Spengler's cyclical theory of history. Spengler's system strongly suggested a world government would occur in the future, probably in the second half of the 21st century. Arnold Toynbee was of much the same mind, but his theory of history did not lend itself to linear programming.)

World Constitution
(There have been a number of exercises like this over the years, of greater or lesser seriousness. This one is actually an entry on my Alternative History pages, so it not supposed to be more than fiction. Still, considering the ways that universal states have arisen in the past, it may prove to be among the more realistic efforts.)    

Our Global Neighborhood
(This is the report of the Commission on Global Governance, setting out a program of reforms for the United Nations. It is also, if you ask me, a shifty move to help Nongovernmental Organizations take over the world.)