Do you think we will have a planetary government in our lifetime?

United States
February 20, 2007 12:46pm CST
Okay, I am getting this from Star Trek, but my point is still a good one. Do you think earth will become a nation in itself, with one governmental system? Do you think it will be like the EU, with sovereign but cooperating nations? Or do you think we will just continue as we are?
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@Smith2028 (797)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think we have no choice but to continue how we are. Odd start I know, but here is why. The United Nations is the closest we have to a "planetary government" and there are too many parts to come together to make it effective. The mere savageness of the human race will always triumph any attempt at a civilized working body. The honest truth is that people look out for themselves first. I can not see Iran ever working with Israel. Nor can I see Hezzbollah working with the Israelis. Until the human race does a complete 180 and works for the betterment of all will a planetary government even be able to be considered.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
Yes, there are definately too many ancient hatreds in the world to allow us to work together.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
That's the reason I mentioned the catastrophe. It'll have to be something so big, that Israelis and Palestinians can put off killing each other long enough to work together to solve the problem. People can get along with each other when there's a common enemy, and at that point, an enterprising politician can step in and take control of the world. The "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow" serieses of books by Orson Scott Card deal with this.
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• United States
21 Feb 07
I agree with Mr. Coolant Spray. The Ender's Game series is a good one. Also, reference War of the Worlds, or the blockbuster based on it, Independence Day. Without something huge, nations will continue down similar paths as today, for good or bad. But, there could be a bunch of smaller catastrophies to cross specific conflicts. This would be the path that has happened so far, as such I think it would take centuries, if not millenia to overcome all boundries. Also, it is much more likely that without a common enemy, the earth will turn into a few super powers that everyone clamors behind. (Hmm, that's never happened before.)
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@snowflake5 (1580)
• United States
28 Feb 07
No, there won't be world government. The only reason the EU works is that the European countries share a common culture. Most have roots in the Roman empire, which spanned several nations, and most of the development in european civilization of the last 1000 years has happened through interaction between the states. For instance, the Renaissance staretd in Italy and then spread across Europe. The Englightenment was an Anglo-French thing that spread across Europe. The UK parliament was founded by a visiting Frenchman. Most modern European states are very similar to each other - they are all social democracies with a welfare state. By contrast, the whole world doesn't share a common culture. What might happen is that versions of the EU might spring up elsewhere. For instance the South Americans also have a common culture and have recently signed a traty with a viw to form an EU-like organisation. The South-east asians have already formed a sort of trade group. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka have also formed a new group with a view to have a free-trade zone. I think we'll see large continental groupings.
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• United States
3 Mar 07
That is a very interesting perspective.
• United States
20 Feb 07
It won't happen without some kind of catastrophic catalyst. Alien Invasion, world wide plague, nuclear holocaust, something like that. We'd have to tear down all our current systems before we could rebuild into a new, better one. And, personally, I don't think any world leaders are humble enough to want to join other nations in a borderless world. If it fails, no one wants to go down in history as the ruler who gave his country away.
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• United States
20 Feb 07
LOL, well I would rather not have a catastophy, but you are right about politicians' humility!
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