From: World Federalist ( -188.8.131.52)
Subject: World Federalism
Date: May 24, 2005 at 7:06 am PST
A democratic world federal government can make war obeselete.
War is a result of anarchy between nations, without a common legal
framework in which to resolve their disputes. The international rule
of force can be replaced with the international rule of law. Nations
can resolve their disputes in a court of law, rather than on the
battlefield. Without a democratic world federal government, victory is
awarded to the strongest, biggest, bully nation--not the most just.
A federation is, by definition, decentralized and locally controlled.
In a federation, all decision making power remains at the lowest
possible level; and only those things that must be delegated to a
higher level are. There are some problems that are international in
scope and can not be resolved by individual nations acting alone.
Global climate change is one example, and terrorism is another.
Federalism is a proven system that has kept peace within the United
States for hundreds of years. Despite the protests of antifederalists
early in United States history, there has only been one internal civil
war in the history of the United States; and it only occured when the
south removed itself from the common legal framework (i.e. when there
was no single, unified federation.) Soverign states within the United
States do not go to war to resolve their disputes--they go to court.
Such a system must be democratic, representing the will of the people.
One way to achieve a democratic world federal government is to reform
the United Nations and strengthen international institutions, like the
International Criminal Court. There are many organizations adovcating
this very idea, and many are members of the World Federalist Movement,
which maintains a website at the following location: