Despite Man’s best intentions, world governance is proving to be difficult, seeming thus far to be unmanageable and completely ineffective. Nations, tribes and societies are still more closely bound together than are visions of a future world where we have moved from ethnocentric to Homo-centric Man, living together as a species instead of being tied by race, geography or language – ya know, like the US already is?
Isn’t that the most ironic point of all? All the vision of the Marx influenced thinker and what is that vision? A world that knows no race, ethnic or other barrier to our unity – ya know, like the US is already and has been all along?
Man’s experiences at global governance are a century old and the results at every attempt have been the same. We are still more wed to our nationality than to any sense of species alliance. Doesn’t this prove “all politics are local?” I believe it does.
The League of Nations was a flop. The United Nations has accomplished exactly what? Are the rulings of the World Court binding? Can the Hague force compliance? Try as we might it seems Man still needs some more base level of loyalty than any global government will address.
Ever notice that no matter the size of the nation, there are still all the state and municipal divisions around which we ally naturally? Every Human entity has the tendency of breaking down to a smaller level, and with that breakdown the loyalty of the “members” of that smaller unit seem to put most their loyalty into the smaller entity.
The military is a classic example. This huge amalgam that is comprised of many elements, each breaking down to a smaller element until we reach for example, an Army squad sized unit. This is the smallest official size unit in the vastness of the US Army. It is an effort in command and control as much as an exercise in playing to the natural Human tendency to develop close bonds with small populations – the family, or in the military, the squad or platoon.
Our societies naturally order themselves in small communities. As we moved from wanderer we tended to clump together into communities. Everything was local. This was necessity as well as the only logistic possibility. Every community chose to become mostly self dependent. We needed the community to defend our interests and we needed an entity large enough to farm, raise meat, and to then provide the skilled and specialty labor communities’ demanded.
Out of this local interdependence arose a trust in working together which strengthened the bond. In a couple thousand years we’d pretty much arrived naturally at a generic position whereby we have a rather intense loyalty to our community. It has been more than 10,000 years since Man chose to live in agrarian communities instead of the more tribal manner of the wandering hunter-gatherer, and it would seem for the most part the current model is successful.
Of course that is not to say there might not be a better way someday, but evolution will be the manner – not the forced and/or artificial method of using laws and amorphous international bodies that have no honest authority. There is a very fundamental reason why American’s will not easily accept the world order model – we are imbued with a sense that our “governors” are directly responsible to us.
We will not tolerate the concept that some multinational entity, that is not voted upon DIRECTLY by “We the People” can make our laws. In the rest of the more crowded and different thinking world this type of thought can be sold, but not here. And that’s not my partisan wish or opinion, but an observation of Human history. American’s, despite what some may blather on about, are different than the rest of the world. That is not to say superior, but we are different and to pretend otherwise is to force upon us an unnatural condition.
Man will naturally ally closely with his family, then neighborhood, community, county, city, geographic region, state, then nation. Mountain folk all feel “similar” about many things. The folks from the Great Plains share a somewhat common mindset. Some from urban centers feel a certain sophistication. I mean most hunters are rural, and likely most actors are urban – no merit judgment, just an example of how geography plays into this as well, and each element contributes to part of the overall identity.
Man is sophisticated and backward at the same time. We can rise to incredible feats of art and the most base Human expressions of hate. We are complicated – like the military, and the huge amalgam of Humanity demands smaller communities and the ability to ally ourselves on a smaller scale than the “internationalist” pretends possible. As I have said before, if Man is threatened by aggressive alien life then naturally, and that is the key to success – that it be a natural event that either evolves or becomes a necessity – then we will succeed in being an international planet. Until that eventuality, we need the local connection.
As history proves, the larger the entity the more in need of division for the entity to maintain its integrity. Command and control requires a smaller focus. Is there any example of this not being the case? Can anyone point to any Human endeavor that does not have a structure as I’ve discussed? Even cities are broken down into smaller physical entities for command and control. Again, this reality is as much out of design as necessity, and it is the natural evolution of how Humans will tend to ally themselves in a seemingly unconscious manner.
Given Man’s natural tendencies that have survived on their own for a dozen millennium, what chance forced change will succeed? What does the history show?
In my opinion the United States is the living example of the vocal desires of those wishing for some sort of globalism or internationalism – take your pick. We are already the one example on Earth of all ethnicities and races sharing an environment successfully. That some degrees of success are socioeconomic as well as geographic and/or ethnic is just the downside of the equation. Not to argue that because it is natural we must accept it, but to deny those factors is to put a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound – it’s a feel good effort, but nothing more.
Thus far Man has completely resisted any effort at internationalism in the form of the world bodies that waste money, spew carbon dioxide in their useless words, and waste resources that might otherwise be utilized to actually make productive and efficient alteration to the flawed Human condition.
For the life of me I cannot grasp why some folks refuse to admit that while we are not yet perfected, so far the United States is the model of all the fanciful things some imagine the world will be if they can just get control of it. It’s a fool’s errand resulting in a huge waste of time and resources.