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the world federalist front of judea

In Monty Python’s Life of Brian, the troupe’s 1979 satire of the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the members of the four-strong People’s Front of Judea tell the protagonist that the only people they hate more than the Romans they are struggling to bring down are the Judean People’s Front, and of course the Judean […]

time for a World Party?

Media, commerce, entertainment, and activism have gone increasingly international, but the world’s political parties still stubbornly stop at the planet’s arbitrary political borders. This makes sense; political parties are intended to compete for roles in governments, and there are no elected governments beyond the national level. But many issues cross international boundaries, and there have […]

to infinity, together

In order for humankind to explore other planets, we must come together on this planet first. Our first steps beyond this planet have followed two very different tracks. The first, and by far most prominent, have been the various “space races” between the Soviet Union and the United States, and later between China, India, Iran, […]

what makes a country a country?

There are 193 countries in the world. Or 206. Or 211. Or 233. Or 249. The Republic of Somaliland, with a population of 3,500,000 and an area of 176,000 square kilometers, is not recognized as a “country” by any United Nations member state; Nauru, with fewer than 11,000 people living on 480 square kilometers, is […]

the second american experiment

On this date 233 years ago, delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution. Since that time, it has become part of the U.S. foundation myth that 13 colonies alike in ideals and aspirations came together on July 4, 1776 to create one nation, fought off an empire, and went on to forge […]

world federalism? now?

Seventy-five years ago next month, nations came together to take the great leap of creating the United Nations. Stronger than its predecessor the League of Nations, the UN was still doomed to relative impotence due to the massive imbalance of power given in its structure to the victors of World War II, and to the […]

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