Q. How do we prevent war?
A. The proposed system removes reasons for war and it removes the ability to wage war.
If there are no nations:
- Wars fought over geographical borders disappear.
- Wars fought over national ownership of resources disappear.
- Regions do not have the financial firepower to raise forces.
- Regions do not have the legislative authority to declare war.
If there is a single governance culture:
- There is no need for one region to use its media to reinforce its idea of ‘Us’ by identifying and vilifying an external enemy, or developing a perception of victimisation.
- A common democratic process should remove the need for revolutions as long as people feel they can make changes to the system through voting. The Governance system should provide processes where people are allowed (even encouraged) to challenge and help change the system. People will always have ideas for making their lives better, and need ways to express them. The system should be able to challenge news ideas, should provide processes for discussion, assessment, reconciliation of opposing views to gain consensus, and must be capable of change in a reasonable time should good ideas gain acceptance. If a governance system has these in place there is no cause for insurrection. Use the processes provided by the system to make things better. If people are so impatient for change or are so incapable of discussion, assessment and reconciliation that they wind themselves into an emotional frenzy and become violent, bypassing the system change processes, then in these cases insurrection may be a result.
If there is a common vision for the species, common education to describe why it is there, a mechanism to question and change it, and if people stopped instilling their nationalism and ideologies into their children and instilled instead a culture of we-are-all-one-species, then:
- Ideological and cultural wars should diminish. A species governance culture would become more important than sub-cultures that are based on religion, language, skin colour, cricket team, sexual orientation, etc which would be free to become diasporas no longer tied to geography, free to float and co-exist within a common species-culture governance framework. Cultural wars should disappear unless cultures think they are more important than species culture, or they wind themselves into an emotional frenzy, which unfortunately is part of being human. To reach that point, existing supremacist ideologies will have to evolve into organisations that can co-exist without conflict. The system must monitor ideologies to identify those instilling supremacist views in their adherents, and use dialogue to reach the next generation before supremacist mental models crystallise in them.
With a single system to manage the economy and manage inequality and wealth:
- There is no longer any need to overrun a wealthier state. Just move there. With a common law and economy the same economic rules will still apply.
- The proposed tax system should reduce the wealth gap between people, and in combination with common services to reinforce common culture and promote ‘levelling up’, should remove equality based disagreements, riots and wars forced by desperation for survival.
With a common judicial system:
- Corruption, fraud, drugs trade, slavery and all the other behaviours we have that make it difficult to trust each other, can be addressed at a global scale.
With the above in place, then most of the tensions that develop into wars today just disappear. Think of the resources that could be re-purposed from preparing for war. Technologists, researchers, manufacturers and materials redeployed into the economy to develop on-planet infrastructure and off-planet capabilities. So much effort is wasted in war. Build, destroy, rebuild, destroy. It is not exactly environmentally friendly either. Think of the infrastructure that would not be destroyed and the duplication of labour and materials we spend in rebuilding after war.
But then, we are human, and group conflict is a capability that has evolved with us.
So a world government would reduce the causes for war, but humans would have to evolve to be able to control our emotions and willingly trade some freedoms for the benefits of group collaboration to remove war entirely.