Yes, it is ultimately inevitable
About a 50-50 chance
Never, it is impossible
"If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu
In stories and fairytales the dream to rule the world is attributed to what forces? That's right, dark forces. So, to hell with them.
...with global communication and social networking, borders lose relevance and problems which would otherwise require arbitration can be resolved organically. If we choose to, we can build information systems to acurately reflect our opinions and definitively resolve issues. For international acceptance and other fundamental reasons, it would need to be an open source effort allowing full 'under the hood' visibility. With assurred privacy and validated identity, an individual can stake their ground on any matter with all the power of an actual vote. That data can be represented at aggregate levels to give relevance only to issues that deserve attention. We continue to fall-back on human language as a way to bridge divides so absolutley far apart that public talking points don't even intersect. In those cases, discussion is a 100% waste-of-time (including this one). A self governing system can be built from the ground up with "business logic that is either endorsed or repealed" based on user interaction. This board is the best I've found and attracts people with far more meaningful opinions than news comments can facilitate but is fundamentally impotent.
Last edited by Surtr; 11-17-12 at 04:14 AM.
I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.
I imagine a stronger coalition of nations is likely once population centers develop off of earth.
"Advocates of capitalism are apt to appeal to the sacred principles of liberty, which are embodied in one maxim: the fortunate must not be restrained in the exercise of tyranny over the unfortunate." - Bertrand Russell
I surely hope not, but I could definitely acknowledge the possibility of such a global political establishment.
"The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently." -Friedrich Nietsche
I think it is possible, maybe even likely, however, I don't think it would ever last. As history has shown us, peoples, cultures, polities, etc. want political autonomy sooner or later from their "overlords." With so many geo-political concerns, cultural/ethnic groups and identities, competing political/world ideologies, unique or regional economic realities, and so on and so forth. With all these things in play it would be impossible, in my opinion, to keep a world government together and keep everyone happy and not wanting to secede from the world governmental authority. We are having a hard enough time here with our Federation of states, and the confederate-federation hybrid that is the EU seems to be encountering serious problems.
Plus, people would also have to decide who would be predominantly in control or have the majority of authority in the government and where the capital would be situated.
If, to play Devil's advocate, we were to ever get to a world government (most like a world federation), I think we'd first have to coalesce into large regional federal polities. Perhaps along continental lines like the EU, the North American Union, etc. That would make representation in a world government easier to achieve, at least. We'd also need a global currency.
In the end, I sure hope we never move toward a world government. I'd much rather see us go the other way and have devolution from our own central government's tyranny toward more state and local government control.
I think a loosely affiliated, non-binding confederation much like we have now with some tweaks and modifications would be the ideal. But I wouldn't want to see us or anyone else beholden to the views and power of others, especially stronger states. I tend to have a more Machiavellian Realist view when it comes to global politics, especially considering our place in the world. The first modern attempt at it was the League of Nations, the precursor to the UN.
I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality. - MLK