For a Kinder, Gentler Society
World Government - Utopian Dream or Current Reality? Vol. 2
Lessons of History: The United States and the European Union
  • Raymond W. Converse
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World Government - Utopian Dream or Current Reality? Vol. 2 . Lessons of History: The United States and the European Union
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This book assumes that the world is moving inexorably, if in fits and starts, toward union. It explores the implications for all global citizens, and posits that, to succeed, it will be predicated upon a general disarmament and a broad adoption of the principles of Representative Democracy.


About the Author

Raymond W. Converse holds a JD degree from Wayne State University and an MA in Education from the University of Missouri, and has done graduate work in educational philosophy at the University of Missouri. Now a writer living in Central Illinois, he has published several books with Algora. 

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As globalization gains speed and as its benefits and also its costs become more apparent, the author sketches out some of the conditions that could, eventually, make for a better life for all.The author follows the evolution of the political...

As globalization gains speed and as its benefits and also its costs become more apparent, the author sketches out some of the conditions that could, eventually, make for a better life for all.The author follows the evolution of the political system of the US, in particular analyzing the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, to trace how and when the rights of the general government, States' rights,and individual rights were addressed, and he draws comparisons and contrasts to the way the United Nations and the European Union have handled questions of national sovereignty vs. collective rights and obligations on the one hand, and human rights on the other.

Beginning where Volume 1 left off, this book considers some of the ways such a union might be managed for the greatest good. He posits that for such a union to succeed, all nations will either be representative democracies or will convert to the use of representative democracy within a reasonable time after joining the world union.At the same time, a general sense of security, based on international disarmament, would be a prerequisite.

Lastly, the author concludes that a meaningful liberal education is necessary to prepare individuals for their role as politically, economically, and socially informed citizens.


Pages 248
Year: 2011
LC Classification: JZ1318.C65776 2011
Dewey code: 341.2'1--dc22
BISAC: POL040020 POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / International
BISAC: LAW018000 LAW / Constitutional
BISAC: LAW051000 LAW / International
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