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World Government: the self-fulfilling prophesy

January 17, 2010

I have realised, perhaps belatedly, that climate change ‘debates’ in the Guardian are not about science at all. Science is merely the chew-toy thrown between denialists as a cover for the political thread that binds denialists together. The ‘world government’ trope is particularly potent I believe, because they correctly understand that by joining up governments across the world to combat climate change and energy security, we move closer to what I would prefer to call a ‘world administration’. The right have always been very committed to nationalism in one form or another, and it is weakening day by day as national entities are subsumed by global ones.

And the strange thing is that they brought this on themselves. The right worship non-interventional government and endless opportunity for profit. In the service of this end, they joined up the economies of the world to globalise trade. What they didn’t realised was that by doing so, countries lost control of their domestic economies, employment security was undermined, and it was an inevitable consequence of global economics that global administration was to follow, because without consistent management, profit is reduced. Local cultures are decimated and everywhere there is urbanisation now looks like everywhere else. We eat the same food, wear the same clothes, watch the same TV programs and dream the same dreams.

Climate change only cemented the inevitable process because where countries could not be persuaded to join the greed-rush, they now have no option because CO2 is coming to get them. Combine all these factors with peak oil and gas plus a burgeoning population demanding more of everything, and there is no other option but to transcend nationalism in favour of maintaining profit through global administration.

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  1. March 23, 2010 1:21 pm

    Totally agree and to take the point further, political philosopher John Gray has remarked:

    “Whoever hacked into the emails at the University of East Anglia fired the opening salvo in a new kind of dirty war. … Environmentalists have always assumed that the threat of disaster will bring about an era of global cooperation. In reality, climate change is triggering another round of geopolitical conflict. Limiting the use of fossil fuels may be essential if disaster is to be avoided, but countries that in different ways rely heavily on these fuels for their prosperity – such as Russia and Saudi Arabia, China and the US – were never going to accept the strict carbon curbs that the EU and others demanded. How much the leaked emails contributed to the breakdown of the summit is unclear, but the effect has been to let those countries, along with the rest of the world, off the hook. The undermining effect on climate science looks like being long-lasting and profound.”

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