Book Review: Global Trends & Global Governance

Global Trends & Global Governance, edited by Paul Kennedy, Dirk Messner, and ranz Nuscheler

As someone who had read a lot of material relating to appeals to globalism [1], far more than it is reasonable to expect anyone to read, one can see in this volume the symptoms of people who have had a bit too much to drink of their own ideological kool-aid and who are a bit too used to writing to people who already agree with them.  This can be noted by the way that the book attacks straw men and adopts the same sort of triumphalist tone that it condemns in others.  Those who are unwilling to see how much they are like those they criticize or who are a bit too confident to understand the weaknesses of their case are those who have not really bothered to make themselves familiar with the reality that works against the idealistic aims of the author.  I find it greatly interesting to read books written by insiders for insiders, especially because one sees a far different approach than one notices when reading polemical works.  For all the failings of this book, it is more enjoyable to read than it would have been to read a book directed at someone with my high degree of skepticism and hostility to globalist elites, that is for sure.

In just under 200 pages, the authors of this book manage to write about six chapters, along with a short synopsis at the end.  The first author looks at global challenges at the beginning of the 21st century at discusses demographic trends, the gap between rich and poor societies, security problems and technological issues, as well as global trends.  Then the second author looks at world society and seeks to build structures to support world society and civilize (in other words, make it socialist) the global market economy.  The third author looks at structures and trends within the world economy and deals with issues of regionalism as well as measures aimed at stabilization.  The fourth chapter is written by two authors who look at world ecology and call for action on issues of global environmental governance, mentioning Agenda 21 (which gets mentioned a lot in general in this book).  The authors of the fifth chapter look at turbulence and the question of unipolar or multipolar structure within world politics, arguing for world governance as opposed to superpower governance.  The sixth and last chapter in this book is an update on the Brandt Report of twenty years before the book was published, looking at the building blocks and presuppositions of global governance, which is presented as a good thing.

All told, the authors in this book appear to be simultaneously pessimistic and all too optimistic.  On the one hand, the authors have a high degree of pessimism about alleged anthopogenic climate change and issues of demography–the authors appear not to be familiar with the biblical dominion mandate and the consequences for societies that fail to follow it.  On the other hand, though, the authors appear to be entirely too sanguine about the political legitimacy of globalist efforts, since they expect political majorities in the United States and other nations to trust the globalist elite with creating a fair world where there is massive income redistribution from wealthy countries to poorer countries and where global institutions run roughshod over the well-being of peoples.  The authors appear to blame global structures for a great deal of suffering rather than corruption within nations themselves and show themselves to be living in a fairly typical leftist bubble that things that human governance can solve the problems of this world, some of which are imaginary in the minds of people like the authors, not realizing that some of the solutions are as barbaric as any wicked totalitarian regimes that have ever misruled on this unfortunate planet.

[1] See, for example:

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/02/24/book-review-esperanto-for-hope/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/02/24/book-review-the-idea-and-practice-of-world-government/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/02/24/book-review-international-relations-a-concise-introduction/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/02/11/book-review-passport-to-freedom/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/02/11/book-review-cosmopolitanism/

https://edgeinducedcohesion.blog/2017/02/08/book-review-unity-and-a-universal-language/

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