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A Global Government, A Global Democracy

We need a global government. But how do we launch such a Leviathan

A global government to focus on issues like, Global Resource Management, Environmental Conservation, Human Rights Laws, Preserving the Human Race.

An organization like the UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY, except with the sovereignty to actually make decisions stick. If democracy is in the best interest of the human race, then why isn't the UN democratic? Why do 5 countries in the Security Council have the ability to veto decisions made by the General Assembly. Why can the decision of 1 or 2 countries, prevail over the consensus of 152 countries. Why can't the International Community successfully prevent the human rights abuse, war, and environmental degradation that plagues society?

A global government could potentially work. It could be a representative democracy. It could have the ability to enforce decisions made by the International Community. All countries would have to agree to the creation of this sovereign government, and then comply to enforcing its decisions with concrete actions.

This global government would need to be backed by a large enough military power, or have the ability to sanction effectively, so that no one or two countries could possibly ignore or defy it. With complete International cooperation, it is possible.

And who would rule such a Leviathan and carry out its many tasks? It would require so many people. It would be a massive organization. We'd need an online, global Voting System. Only one political party, the International Community itself as a whole. Through a global voting system, each person from any country on the planet (over 18) could have access to a vote online. This is entirely possible over the Internet.

It would have to be free of corruption and voter fraud of course, but there must be a way to make digital voting 100% secure and transparent. This can work if the whole world agrees to work together. But how do we convince every country to participate?

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  • Apr 17 2013: The only way to prevent against corruption is to have 100% transparency in all government systems. How do we prevent vote manipulation? How do we know that every vote is being counted, or is coming from a legitimate source. This is extremely difficult.

    We could have a sovereign multinational entity policing all governments and corporations, with decisions made by the international community via online ballots.

    Each government would have to provide each citizen with a voting registration key to access voting online. On top of that, all the hardware and software used in vote collection would have to be monitored or tamper-proof.

    The UN General Assembly could vote on global issues as it does, but extend the decision making power right down to each citizen, instead of the ruling political party. Don't skew the results by having one vote per country, have each individual vote count and keep a global tally. Taking the ruling party's opinion is far from a representative democratic process.

    If votes were held like this, on a global scale, and enforced by the UN, then we could begin to make progress on global issues. They aren't, because the UN General Assembly, although able to carry out certain peacekeeping tasks, does not have ultimate decision making power over the Security Council, and loses its traction whenever war interests, or private interests of the ruling parties are concerned.

    Nobody should be allowed to ignore the decisions made by the international community, it should have enough power to enforce its will on anyone. The issue that this raises is with an Orwellian Big Brother type of organization, who polices the police?

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