World Government and The Consent of the Governed

An interesting commentary entitled “And now for a world government” appears on Gideon Rachman’s blog on the web site of the Financial Times in London. He begins by saying:

“I have never believed that there is a secret United Nations plot to take over the U.S. I have never seen black helicopters hovering in the sky above Montana. But, for the first time in my life, I think the formation of some sort of world government is plausible.”

World government has actually been the primary purpose of the United Nations from the beginning. A careful reading of the U.N. charter should make this clear. However, characterizing the scenario of world government as a U.N. conspiracy to “take over” the U.S. is a vast oversimplification that many “conspiracy theorists” have often resorted to in trying to make their case. It’s really much subtler than that, as Mr. Rachman points out. All of the scenarios are coming into place that would make increased “global governance” much more likely in the next several years. Congressman Ron Paul, for one, has been suggesting this very possibility as a likely response to the collapse of the dollar as the world’s reserve currency, with the possible establishment of a global fiat currency.

There are many people who really, sincerely believe that “global solutions” are essential to solving many of the world’s problems. Such people fail to understand that, first of all, central planning does not work. If we assume that the U.N. really was intended as a means of avoiding wars and promoting peace by bringing people together to talk over their problems, then we can ¬†certainly conclude that the U.N. and all of its central planning has been a dismal failure, with the countless, endless wars we’ve seen during the past 60-plus years, many of them fought in the name of “enforcing U.N. resolutions”, not to mention also the unimaginable starvation in third world countries (most notably on the African continent). There is, perhaps, no greater example of the failure of central planning than the 63-year record of the United Nations. Here in the U.S., our central banking system under the Federal Reserve is another example of the failure of central planning, as we see daily with the crisis unfolding before us.

However, there is something even more sinister and insidious about “global governance”, which is that it violates one of the very central concepts of our system of governance here in the U.S. as set forth in the Declaration of Independence, which is that, to secure natural, inalienable rights, “governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.” Any sort of global authority will be made up of officials and bureaucrats who were not elected by any of the people over whom they presume authority. Any sort of unelected government with no accountability to the people can be expected to do no less than impose tyranny.

As a free people (even if in name only), we must insist that there is no problem in the world so great as to require the giving up of one ounce of essential liberty, nor giving up that most important principle of just powers derived from the consent of the governed for the purpose of securing inalienable rights. We should jealously and vigorously guard and defend our liberties, seeking to maximize freedom by returning to following the Constitution and the Rule of Law, and respecting the right to life, liberty and property. This in turn leaves the people free to endeavor solving the world’s many problems through individual initiative and creativity, setting good examples for others around the world to emulate, and leaving our nation (and by extension, the world) a better place for all of us to live.


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