The Long View: World Government

The Long View: World Government

If I hope John is remembered for something, it would be his indefatigable efforts to wrest the idea of world government away from the kooks. It seems likely that some sort of universal state is the political future of the West, although how likely and how universal are matters of some uncertainty. John felt it was pretty likely, and what we do over the next two or three generations will have a lot to do with how it all turns out.

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.

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


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.)


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.)


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.)

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