Thanks But No Thanks

The case against world government, as presented by Ilya Somin. While it is commonly believed that the issues facing the world are unique and unprecedented–thus demanding unique and unprecedented responses, the fact of the matter is that there really is not anything new under the sun. International problems and challenges can be responded to in the same way that they have been responded to in the past–through multilateral cooperation where the interests of the parties meet and treaties memorializing such cooperation. To be sure, engendering multilateral cooperation and treaties is difficult and oftentimes frustrating work, but such is life and one does not opt for world government only for the purpose of making the fulfillment of one’s designated tasks easier. National sovereignty remains an important political objective and asking for the negation of national sovereignty merely for the purpose of fulfilling a certain set of policy objectives–no matter how worthy one might think those policy objectives are–is asking quite too much.

World government, as Somin states, is “superficially appealing, but seriously flawed.” That won’t stop other people from making the case for world government, but as much as I respect writers like Gideon Rachmann, both he and those who think like him will have to do more to make their case than they have thus far.