Seems like the world is bursting at the seams these days, so in an effort to counter that spirit, I offer this little bit of idealistic monism I scribbled down a few years ago…
A unified, universal international government has been an aspiration of a portion of every society that has ever existed. Most assume it is an unrealistic ideal, conceivable in the realm of pure thought, but a sheer impossibility in the pragmatic, “real” world. It is either a utopia or a nightmare, its champions often accused of being ignorant of material realities and context. Nationalism is our current meta-political structure, and while many may interpret the specifics of this reality in different ways, it is rare that someone questions its validity and ontological credibility.
Yet if we look beyond the ritual of electoral politics and the idols of democracy, we realize that the structural framework of our system of government is remarkably technocratic. Our lot is to live in a world where bureaucracy has evolved under the cover of democratic ideals, and it is this institutional reality that is most central. If, beyond the level of the theatrical and the cosmetic, our political reality is actually an administrative reality, then the rationale for a universal international government becomes all the more powerful. It is a simple matter of the avoidance of duplication. Why have so many separate entities perform the same task, when they could all be linked (either organically or hierarchically) to one another in one total, complete and efficient structure.
The elimination of waste could amount to a world revolution, and the distribution of resources could be carried out in an equitable, fair and logistically sound manner. A global commerce of ideas, minds, material and talent could explode forth from this change, and the unified exchange network created would make the Hanseatic League resemble some pathetic suburban lemonade stand.
In retrospect it seems like a bunch of neo-Kantian pseudo-liberal clap trap, but my anarchic heart really likes the idea of one, simple, flat-tax system. That is if there has to be a tax-system at all. Ah, government…Without all that obsessive and obdurate record keeping, where would we historians be?