An exchange on the essay Global Government Revisited: From Utopian Dream to Political Imperative
We can turn the tide against isolationism by better articulating how political integration can benefit the many, not just the few.
The Westphalian state-centric system has become hopelessly outdated in a time of deep interdependence, and shared nuclear and climate risks.
World government, while needed, would be prone to the kinds of political conflicts, interests, and power struggles we see at the national level.
Short of global government, we are likely to see an expanding constellation of international governance arrangements that can address global problems.
Incorporating insights stemming from grassroots struggle can infuse global governance frameworks with a more radical, and promising, political edge.
Without transforming both the economic and ideological premises of state-centrism, there is little chance of moving toward the vision Cabrera lays out.
To make such a vision a reality, we need to build a sense of global community through education and hold governments accountable to their promises in the international sphere.
The prospects for effective and democratic world government depend on progress in transcending the capitalist system.
To get beyond the gradualism and timidity of today’s international institutions, we’ll need a robust global movement.
Luis Cabrera addresses points raised by the contributors to this roundtable discussion.
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