What You Need to Know
About the Most Important Issue
In the World Today

Bruce A. Roth

Chapter 16

Structural Design Improvements

"a wise manbuilt his house upon a rock:and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. A foolish manbuilt his house upon sand:and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
—Matthew 7:24-27

Leaders of the world today are working to reinforce and retrofit the superstructure of our house with treaties, diplomacy, IGOs, and NGOs. But our skyscraper sits on a weak foundation—191 sovereign nations that are not structurally tied to each other as an integrated unit. It sways in the wind and is susceptible to movement of the earth. Lacking structural integrity, it will not stand. Without an enforceable international law, society will be no stronger.

There are three main reasons that previous world organizations have failed to prevent war. First, they lacked broad support and sufficient participation among their eligible member nations. Second, they were not democratically based. Third, the organizations were unable to enforce their rules.

My recommendations for change differ in several important ways from previous organizations such as the League of Nations and the United Nations. I believe that for a world government to be effective and to endure its inevitable challenges, it must contain these ingredients:

  • A symbiotic relationship between its member nations.
  • A common cause such that each member nation willingly relinquishes some degree of autonomy for the long-term good of all nations.
  • A representative legislative body, in which no single member is permanent or has the ability to dominate the organization with a veto power.
  • Representatives of nations must be elected in a free and just manner by their citizens. They should not be eligible for re-election after one 5 or 6 year term.
  • A Constitution that limits the powers and controls the formal operation of government.
  • A World Supreme Court that has jurisdiction over every member nation and its people.
  • A system of checks and balances to prevent against tyranny and protect the interests of both the majority and minority.
  • Equality before the law and due process under the rule of international law.
  • A standing global law enforcement agency which would enforce global law locally when a nation is unwilling or unable to enforce it.

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