Subtitle: And Intellectuals Are Really Dumb
The topic for today is one world government. The main group of people who claim to think this is a swell idea are intellectuals. That’s how you know intellectuals are not that intelligent.
As George Orwell noted, “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”
The theory, much hyped throughout the 20th century, is that the world would be better off if it had only one government managing everything.
Instead of dispersing power to many parts of the world, there would be a central tribunal composed of superior humans, wiser and more benevolent than ordinary humans. We sometimes see this image in sci-fi movies, where an all-wise council rules perfectly. Hollywood, full of intellectuals, loves presenting the idea of one world government.
People pretend we can find god-like leaders to control everything. History shows this is hard to do.
And would you take that job yourself? It might be more dangerous than you imagine.
What invariably happens when power is centered in one person or small group? People one step on the outside work ever harder to seize power, precisely because it is there to be seized.
If the UN did run the world, the most vicious people would conspire to control or replace the person nominally in charge. The UN’s Secretary-General would be the target of scheming Russians, ambitious Muslims, militaristic Chinese, lethal crime lords, all equally eager to intimidate, bribe, or assassinate everyone in their way.
Consider for a moment how cleverly the United States dispersed power for most of the years before Obama. There were a dozen major power centers: Wall Street, academia, business, the arts, Hollywood, sports stars, entertainment stars, old money, writers and artists, national politicians, local politicians, and the media, all of them aggressive in asserting their own wisdom. Limited in power, these competing groups could do only limited damage. The rest of us were safe.
Possibly saints and angels could be given unlimited power. But we have no saints and angels. Intellectuals should know that. Are they so foolish as to believe themselves to be saints and angels? More likely they are mere propagandists for something they know is far from angelic.
Circa 1915 the Czar and his family had total power over all Russians. The Communists desperately wanted that power and seized it, for about six months. The Bolsheviks, a tiny percentage of the Communists, took all the power for themselves. By 1920, they had total control and smugly dreamed of taking over the world. What could go wrong?
Joseph Stalin, a schemer more ruthless and evil than the other Bolsheviks, killed thousands of them and by 1930 had all the power for himself.
The executions never stopped during this time. Torture never stopped. The deprivations and suffering of the people never stopped. But the country certainly had a powerful central government. No doubt, intellectuals were singing its praise all that time.
In Germany circa 1933, the political leaders thought they could manipulate Hitler. A few years later everyone in his way was dead or in jail. World leaders thought they could contain Hitler. A few years later he had overrun many of them and attacked the rest. The only way you stop a force like Hitler is that other countries unify against him. But suppose those countries had previously given up their power to be part of a one world government, as many urge the US to do now.
The great danger when a leader, such as Obama, takes too much power is that heretofore worthy people concede power. The mainstream media, for example, used to be a power in itself. Now it’s in bed with Obama to a shameless degree, so that we don’t have the free press we used to have. Obama and the media work together to bash opponents. Who can stand against them?
All the most ruthless sociopaths on the planet think the same thought: if we gain control of this guy, we own the country and its wealth.
The idea of one world government is somewhat abstract. Think concretely. The people who want to move to the top are the most dangerous people there are. A guy like Stalin starved 10 million people to death in one part of Russia, the Ukraine. Pol Pot went back to Cambodia and killed 25% of his own country. These people don’t hold back from committing the most drastic and evil actions if such actions give them more power. Don’t tempt them.
We want as many competing forces surrounding such people as possible. One world government is like putting all the money in one bank controlled by one manager. You know somebody will try to kidnap his family or otherwise gain control.
Probably the people telling us how wonderful one world government is don’t believe it for a second. They want us to believe it so we surrender power. Communists have been saturating the world with this stupid message for the last 100 years. Little children in school sigh in unison: life will be wonderful if we let wise foreigners, people far superior to us, dictate our lives. No, it will not.
Here’s a better idea: more power to more people.
WEBSITE: Collection of Quotes about Intellectuals (e.g., "Some of the biggest cases of mistaken identity are among intellectuals who have trouble remembering that they are not God." -- Thomas Sowell)
ARTICLE: "1984 -- The Coverup" (What happens to society when a small group seizes all power? Orwell's famous novel answers this question. It's horrible.)
AMAZON: "Intellectuals" by Paul Johnson (Read a few dozen reviews of this wonderful book for a quick romp among piggy intellectuals.)