The Problem With Globalization
Let's face it, capitalism is tough on its face. If you work hard, you reap the rewards. If you don’t – tough luck. No guarantees. Progressivism/socialism says you should take from those who are well off and spread it around to those who are not. It sounds like progressivism would be a better way of creating a peaceful world than the apparently dog eat dog capitalist system.
The flaw in this thinking is that it assumes that all capitalist leaders are greedy, self-interested, evil and exploitative and that socialist leaders are altruistic, unselfish and good. It further assumes that if we only have one government, war will end. After all, who will we go to war against? Right?
The truth is, we can't trust any of our leaders, whether they be socialist or capitalist. Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. That old proverb is every bit as true as it ever was. If there are many nations and one nation rises up to harm its neighbors, the community of nations band together against that nation. If there is just one world “nation” and it goes bad, we’re pretty much screwed.
Even God does not build a one-world church. When an oppressive one world church organization threatened to overwhelm Christendom and establish a one world theocracy, God raised up a thousand communities of faith to resist. In ancient Israel, God warned the Israelites that centralizing power in one man - in a king, no matter how charismatic or well-meaning that king might be - was a mistake. God’s system trusts no leader with massive power.
If there were civilizations on other planets nearby stars with which we had commerce, we might have a need for a global government to represent us. We would also have someone we could appeal to for help should our government become oppressive.
In the meantime, till we start building the United Federation of Planets, this world is all we've got and we have very good reasons to fear a global government.
(c) 2009 by Tom King - Some Rights Reserved
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