posted on Nov, 19 2010 @ 06:38 AM
Good afternoon and thank you to my gracious opponent Jennybee35 for her generous comments regarding my opening post.
In my opening statement, I had highlighted the fact that various powerful nations have at one time or another created vast and enduring economic,
political and cultural unions, or empires.
While these unions were initially forged through force of arms, or other means such as sanctions, economic pressures and manoeuvring, ultimately the
empire became a force for good, especially among the weaker members of the empire.
The empires of both the Romans and the British, brought many benefits and improvements to the lives of those that found themselves incorporated either
as a dominion, colony, protectorate or mandated province of either of these two empires.
Both the Roman and British empires in their turn, brought very obvious and valuable benefits to their subjects, such as quantum leaps in civil
technologies such as architecture and building methods, road building, clean water purification and delivery technologies such as aqueducts, and many
other civil technologies that greatly enhanced the way of life for the average Roman or British subject.
Sanitation, hygiene and medical technologies were other areas where subjects benefited greatly by being a member of either above empire.
As well as the technological and medical leaps delivered into the laps of an empires subjects, there was also the very lucrative benefits of empire
wide trade, social improvements and of course the all important protection of the colony or dominion from attack by other nations or groups. In other
words, much greater collective security arose from having the entire combined army of almost a third of the world's population watching your back,
instead of them or any other nation shooting arrows at it!
Another way of looking at it would be that it is very difficult to concentrate on looking ahead, when one is constantly looking backwards over one's
And if this level of support, security and advancement could be the achieved way back then, thousands of years ago or in the British empires' case,
almost five centuries ago up until the mid 20th century, then it bodes extremely well for the establishment of a single world governmental structure,
representing and drawn from among all of our planets' inhabitants who would have an equal voice and input, whether they were rich or poor, strong or
weak, by election of representatives from member states.
An ideal, would be for individual nations, to elect a president or prime/first minister and cabinet ministers who will then go on to represent their
particular nation at home and also take an equal stake within the single, globally representative government. Individual nations may decide to retain
or abolish royalty and hereditary heads of state as they see fit, presumably determined by that nation holding a referendum.
There would be no central, dominant 'comic book villain' solely leading the whole world, or even a cadre of sinister plotters, running the world at
their own whim. The single world government would be a truly representative world government, made up of members of the world, properly elected by the
people of their home nations in order to represent them fairly in the world government.
Just such a single, peacefully created government or 'world human empire', based on collaboration and co-operation, would bring immense benefit to
the whole of humanity, moving forwards as a united and peaceful single species.
My opponent essentially argues, that humanity would be better off continuing to remain divided, and to keep the status quo as it currently is, such as
it is. I would argue a brighter and more egalitarian future for us all is achievable by maturing and coming together as a single, united force for the
betterment of us all and our children. To go forwards together as a supportive human species, and not as an embattled human race.
A direct consequence of maintaining humanity's direction as a divided and fiercely territorial and competitive race, is patently obvious. History,
both ancient and modern has become littered with myriad examples of the consequences of being divided. Ideological based warfare and genocides,
extreme economic and social disparity, resources plundered or fought over and so on.
A single, representative government could avoid and nullify many of the reasons for similar future conflicts and perhaps more importantly, demonstrate
a cohesion and peaceful sense of purpose of humanity to any EBE species that may be contemplating full and direct contact with humanity. I'd imagine
that a united and ostensibly peaceful and cooperating planetary population would be a requirement on most EBE's check-list of 'full contact'
If humanity has not progressed to even being able, at the very least, to get along with our own species, then EBE's are likely to view us with a very
dubious eye, and contact may be inhibited or cancelled altogether. For if we cannot tolerate even our own kind, what does that say about future Human
- EBE contact?
Therefore, i'd argue that a single, democratic and peaceful union served and administered by an elected world government and administration, would
be an essential element within a human - EBE contact scenario, both in terms of qualitative aspects and of being best able to effectively organise,
and manage an extremely important first and ongoing contact scenario with one or more benevolent and friendly EBE species.
The requirement for our unison before any contact would evaporate from our EBE's perspective however, if our EBE visitors did not have such a
'check-list' of prerequisites..although it would then become essential to unite for our shared survival, because we would have to organise
ourselves, in order to not just defend our individual nations, but to defend our entire world effectively against potential marauding EBE's, should
they turn out to be less than friendly.
In such a scenario, where the Human – EBE contact is of a negative nature, where the entire world is at risk of outside attack, a single, unified
world government would be needed to coordinate the strategy and planning of our mutual defence and distribution of resources and services to our
Divided and fragmented, disorganised and at odds with ourselves, we probably wouldn't stand a chance if push came to shove against our immoral EBE's
in such a scenario..united together as a single species, under a single government, we would stand a chance..a much better chance, especially if the
single government is in existence before an invasion began, having had time to organise and prepare for such an eventuality.
In either scenario, positive or negative it remains clear that humanity would need to organise under a single representative government, to fashion
ourselves into a united species in a peaceful and productive spirit in order to properly deal or cope with either of the two EBE contact scenarios..if
we're not united and squabble and oppose each other, as we do now, we would neither reap the benefits of a positive Human – EBE contact and the
peaceful acceptance of humanity into a larger and fascinating cosmos by beings that inhabit and travel within it, nor would we have a coordinated,
effective planetary response to or means of resisting a hostile or otherwise negative EBE contact situation.
So you see, idealism aside, the only way to benefit from either a positive or negative contact situation is under the umbrella of a fair, just and
progressive one world government.
Thank you for your kind attention.
I will now pass to my opponent Jennybee35.