World government

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"Our love-hate relationship with the mere concept of world "government" can and should be discussed, elsewhere. It is a huge topic that we've been avoiding, almost frantically, even thinking about. But honestly, what are you picturing? A sophisticated, interconnected planet in which individuals have no standing before worldwide institutions (the present situation) for how much longer? A thousand years? Two hundred? Can we stave it off for more than twenty?

We Americans had better start discussing it. Because right now Europe-influenced intelligencia on every continent are pushing ahead with ideas based on European bureaucratic-paternalistic models. No one is speaking up for the American preference -- an emphasis on loose, limited and relatively hands-off governance while empowering individuals to have standing to speak for themselves.

The issue will loom in our lifetimes. And right now -- to our peril -- we are leaving the entire conversation to others.