Is a world government desirable?

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A world government, or global government, is the concept of a single political authority for all humanity. Its feasibility and institutional framework are uncertain, but is it even desirable? Is it the way to lasting peace and global solutions? Or would it lead to a dystopian nightmare?

A world government is desirable[edit | edit source]

  • Argument for — A world government would allow us to deal with problems that are global in nature, such as global warming, climate change, ocean and air pollution, pandemics and others.
    • Objection — There're other ways to deal with such problems that don't require a world government, such as international treatises, free-market, activism, etc.
  • Argument against — A world government would make a world dictatorship possible.
    • Objection — A world government would incorporate every political mechanism known to make such dictatorships virtually impossible.
    • Objection — An unpopular world government would eventually fall.
    • Objection — World dictatorships are possible even without a world government, as has been suggested multiple times by near-global empires such as the British.
  • Argument against — A world government is not feasible so we should not pursue or even desire it.
    • Objection — Why is it not feasible?

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