There’s been a lot of talk over the past few weeks about government power and the nanny state and how dangerous a world government would be. As I’ve stated in prior posts, I’m a libertarian. This means and I hate and distrust government with a great deal of gusto. However, this does not mean that I am blind to one glaring reality about humanity: over time, we organize from smaller groups into large ones. As a Libertarian, I just happen to be displeased with that reality, though that does not change the cold hard reality that a single world government will form and likely in the next 50-100 years.
To see the inevitability of this, let’s start with a look at the beginning of human kind. A single human is the smallest unit of humanity. At that time, the individual was the only person in control of his or her actions. Humans are social creatures. Before we were using tools we had organized ourselves into small social family units, most likely similar to chimpanzee and gorilla social units. These units have a controlling entity. In the cases of most animal and early hominid groupings, it would have likely have been the strongest male. Tada! We’ve gone from single men to a small localized government ruling over a tiny populous.
Next, these tribes organize into cities. These cities have leaders. The Cities organize into Nation states… and so on and so forth. I’ll stop dwelling on the minutiae here because I’m pretty sure you can see where I’m heading. The more time that elapses, the larger the society we belong to becomes. At each step, formerly independent entities (individuals, states, cities, townships, etc etc) are made part of a larger all-encompassing government. These governments typically start weak and grown stronger over time. For the large part, fear of government is largely behind the severe limitations placed on this multi-state government. Hm, what does that remind me of? Well, gosh golly, it sounds surprisingly like the early United States!
That is precisely how we started. Each of the early states were, in effect, their own little countries, just in close proximity to one another and ruled over all by the British Crown. When we split as a whole from the Crown the last thing we wanted was to replace one evil government with another. The intentions of the fore-fathers could not be clearer on this matter: it was important to them that the states retain the vast amount of power and that the federal government only serve in certain functions. So we crippled the government… on purpose.
Eventually, however, some genius said, “Our government doesn’t work very well, does it? We should make it run better! Do more!” We call these people Democrats in this country. No mention is made, of course, that it’s not supposed to work better. People also have a nasty habit of, over the passage of time, expecting more and more from their governments. It’s happened on every country on this earth, including our beloved U.S. of A. People start out with incredibly small expectations or requests on their government; usually involving more style than substance. A great many people at the start of the country essentially saw the president as a powerless figurehead who represented the country internationally. Over time, however, they shift from this view of government to expecting them to build aqueducts, roads, communications infrastructure, TEH INTARWEBZ, etc etc.
Demanding more and more from government is at the the very nature of statehood and the people it governs. I’ve certainly seen nothing lately to dissuade me from accepting this as gospel truth. In our lifetimes we saw a shift occur. Between the 50 and the 80s the world was dominated by super powered countries, the US and the USSR, to be precise, though other countries certainly fall into a superpower status. Sometime in the 90s we left behind the era of Superpowers and moved into the realm of the massive confederations of nations: Multinational groups like the EU, the African Union, as well as large free trade areas like those governed by NAFTA and it’s South American equivalent. Even the former Soviet Superpower fell apart and reformed into the less draconian Russian Confederation. These confederations are loose, and the governments have virtually no real power over the independent states. But, as we know now, this will not remain a constant.
People are more likely to turn to governments for help in times of crisis and the current financial situation is certainly a whopper of a crisis. Individual countries, in many cases, are simply unable to deal with the scope and magnitude of the issues facing them today. In order to, and please let me say this in my best BS political voice, “prevent the grave mistakes that led to the current economic crises,” people will slowly begin to give more powers to these multinational governments. If I had to guess, I’d say the EU will be first, if only because Europeans seem to love government.
Initially this empowered government will likely only have more power over financial matters, as that is at the root of our current woes. Some genius, will eventually wonder why, if they’re already handling the movement and investment of money, why aren’t they handling more important matters like social services? It’s only natural that the same entity that will help keep problems like we’re currently experiencing from ever happening again should also make sure that “those people placed in the gravest need by the lack of oversight of the world financial systems will be sure receive the services they so desperately require.”
It flows so easily, doesn’t it? If anything, the current problems will likely accelerate the empowerment of the slowly congealing world government. Someone will bring up the perfectly logical argument that the failure of one multi-national government will effect every other one on the world… and down the rabbit hole we go together.
As I stated earlier, right now, at this very moment, we’re witnessing the events that will lead to the birth of a single world government. As a reasonably intelligent person, I don’t see any way to avoid it and see it as something of an inevitability. As a libertarian to my very core, though, I’ll never fully trust that government and it makes me uneasy. That, however is what being a libertarian… and indeed a free-thinker… is all about. It’s about never trusting those that would hold power over us to use that power responsibly. We must always be critical and skeptical.
We may not be able to stop the tide from rolling in, but that doesn’t mean we can’t at least put on some sunscreen and a bathing suit.