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The only thing I can see is just a HUGE government that would be largely inefficient and overly bureaucratic.
originally posted by: Astyanax
a reply to: Krazysh0t
Sure, they never got all the way. But I think OWG would be subject to the same fissiparous and decadent tendencies, even in the absence of external enemies.
If we look at the history of government, we see that various systems have worked quite well in different times and places, but all of them eventually come up against a set of conditions they couldn't cope with, and were superseded. Zooming in on the history of democracy itself, we see the same thing: democracy itself has evolved and diversified (and continues to do so) as democratic polities strive to deal with new challenges, opportunities and threats.
In fact, the history of government exhibits the form of an evolutionary arms race. You know how that works: one species evolves better weapons, the other evolves better defences, and so it goes. The evolution of government is the evolution of rules and systems designed to protect against challenges that defeated earlier rules and systems. This does not by any means imply a drift towards totalitarianism, because that eventually creates a reaction that brings the system down, and people recognize this. OWG would be subject to the same influences and pressures as any present-day government, except perhaps for foreign enemies — though if the 29% of American voters who apparently believe in alien visitations are right, OWG might have to cope with that as well.
Hey, here's a conspiracy theory: the only reason the aliens haven't invaded yet is that we haven't yet evolved a single world government. They don't have anybody to declare war on.
If I were an alien race that wanted to annihilate the humans, I'd just engineer a super-virus that eliminated all the humans through disease. The humans wouldn't even know they were under attack as most of them fall to the disease.
originally posted by: Krazysh0t
You know, I've always felt like it was weird that Christians would fear a one world government. Seems like a one world government would be the fastest way to obtain worldwide peace (something Christians are supposed to be desiring...). Even if the government itself was totalitarian, if there is no other government to war against, then there can be no war. That is unless you count civil wars or revolutionary wars, but then you may be able to argue that they are new governments.
That being said, OP you're wrong. The likelihood of a one world government in the near future or even our lifetimes is slim and none. We still have to worry about China and Russia integrating fully with this supposed government, and that isn't even worrying about the third world, the Muslim world, or areas of the world with little to no governance. Look how integrating the Muslim world with the west has been working out for us.
Heck the idea of a one world government is almost AGAINST what the "evil", rich businessmen would want. Under a one world government, all entities would be subjected to similar worker rights. How could the corrupt businessmen exploit the working classes of various third world parts of the world if the entire world was subjected to the same workers' rights laws?
An evil one world government just doesn't make any real sense, no matter what ways you slice it.