A lot of stink is made of globalisation, and how multinational corporations have extensive global reach. Well, a far scarier kind of globalisation is when governments move in this direction. No corporation will ever have the power and control of the state, and a global state would be disaster.
Yet leave it to the uber-radical Greens to come up with such proposals. Indeed, they have been talking this way for some time. Consider their latest nutter proposals. In today’s Weekend Australian we find this report entitled “Bob Brown’s UN vision for greening the world”.
It goes like this: “The world should be ruled by a new ‘global parliament’ under the auspices of the United Nations, according to Bob Brown. Delivering the Third Green Oration in Hobart, on the 40th anniversary of the party’s founding, Senator Brown asked an audience of ‘fellow earthians’ why the ‘intergalactic phones’ weren’t ringing, suggesting advanced civilisations elsewhere in the universe could have ‘extincted’ themselves through their own greed.
“In a sweeping address, quoting Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill, Senator Brown called on Australia to take the lead in establishing a global parliament to govern issues such as nuclear proliferation, international financial transactions and poverty. ‘Unless and until we accord every other citizen of the planet, friend or foe, and regardless of race, gender, ideology or other characteristic, equal regard we, like them, can have no assured future,’ Senator Brown said.
“Curiously, he went on to propose a bicameral (two houses) parliament with ‘equal representation elected from every nation’. Thus China – a nation of some 1.3 billion – would presumably have the same number of seats as, say, the Cook Islands, with less than 20,000 inhabitants.”
What can I say? Anyone who talks about “fellow earthians” is clearly off the planet to begin with. But this is just typical Greens thinking. Indeed, it is Greens policy. The Greens have always been into radical globalism, with a heavy emphasis on unelected and unaccountable bodies like the UN. Consider what it says in its own policy statements.
In “Policy E5: Global Governance” it lists these six points under its section on Principles:
“1. global governance is essential to meet the needs of global peace and security, justice, human rights, poverty alleviation and environmental sustainability.
2. effective means of global environmental governance are needed to halt and reverse the current trends towards environmental decline across the globe, especially with regard to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change.
3. the system of global governance must be reinvigorated.
4. major structural reform is needed to provide stronger, more effective and more representative multilateral institutions.
5. the leading role of the United Nations (UN) in the maintenance of international peace and security must be recognised and respected by all countries.
6. the international financial institutions that govern aid, development, trade, and transnational financial movements require extensive reform to enable them to provide global economic justice.”
All of which means less national sovereignty, less individual freedom, and more one-world government. Just what these guys want. But more sober minds have always warned about the dangers of big government, global government, and unrestrained Leviathan. Voices old and new have made these warnings, and we need to listen to them. We ignore their wisdom at our peril. So let me here conclude by offering just a smattering of some great quotes on this issue:
“A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves.” Bertrand de Jouvenel
“Government should do for people what they can’t do for themselves, and no more.” Abraham Lincoln
“The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people; it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government — lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” Patrick Henry
“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When people fear the government, there is tyranny!” Thomas Jefferson
“Most bad government has grown out of too much government.” Thomas Jefferson
“The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” Thomas Jefferson
“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will not become the legalized version of the first.” Thomas Jefferson
“Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master.” Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States
“The attempt to make heaven on earth invariably produces hell.” Karl Popper
“In politics, the great non sequitur of our time is that (1) things are not right and that (2) the government should make them right.” Thomas Sowell
“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help’.” Ronald Reagan
“No government ever voluntarily reduces itself in size. Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually, a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.” Ronald Reagan
“Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” Ronald Reagan
“Government is like a baby. An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other.” Ronald Reagan
“Concentrated power has always been the enemy of liberty.” Ronald Reagan
?”Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” PJ O’Rourke
?”Now I am one of those who believe that the cure for centralization is decentralization.” G.K. Chesterton
“There are very few things in life that a little politics can’t make worse.” G.K. Chesterton
“The bigger the Big Government, the smaller everything else.” Mark Steyn
“If a candidate is not publically committed to fewer government programs from fewer government agencies enforcing fewer government regulations with fewer government bureaucrats on less lavish taxpayer-funded pay, he’s not serious. He’s not only killing your grandchildren’s and children’s future, he’s killing yours – and you will live to see it.” Mark Steyn
“Americans face a choice; you can rediscover the animating principles of the American idea – limited government, a self-reliant citizenry, and the opportunities to exploit your talents to the fullest – or you can join most of the rest of the western world in terminal decline.” Mark Steyn