I recently read “Globa: Accelerating technologies will create a global state by 2050” on Kurzweil AI. The ongoing expansion and progression of technology will ultimately lead to, as the author contents, a world where one language becomes the global language (and in the author’s view it won’t be Chinese, which he views as an ” incredibly clumsy and stupid writing system”), and nationalist mentalities will be replaced by globalist mentalities as nations cede sovereignty to a “much larger whole” and that blocs of nations will need to become larger to stay competitive.
We will eventually see a world with one global super-state, with, in the author’s words, “a global constitution, a global president, a global parliament, global political parties, global laws, a global civil service, global police, a global court, a global military, globiversities, global taxation, global wealth distribution, global resource management, global trade unions, … a global currency unit (the “Globo”), … etc….” Since democratic nations “do not go to war against each other” (this guy must have forgot about Nazi Germany where much of the initial aggression was mainly supported by the populace) we will see an era of unparalled peace and freedom, at least until the whole world degenerates into a civil war between those pushing for god-like intelligences and those fighting against it.
Reading this article gives me the same creepy feeling I get after reading a book like George Orwell’s 1984. The author appears to start out from the wrong implied principles: do human rights originate from the people, or are they only granted to us by governments? I believe that human rights originate from the people and that a stronger government that has the power to create a global military and police will also have the power to take rights away from anyone. Then there’s the huge deadweight loss from corruption, bureaucracy, and the stiflement of competition that such a huge structure would suffer from.
Human strength comes from diversity and a tolerance of differences, and a variety of different systems and different ways of trying things. If people try to force a global super state on the world, it will probably lead to a lot of hardship and misery for some people. I instead much prefer a world where people voluntarily come together in peaceful trade and exchange of information, and where sovereignty moves down to the individual level rather than up to some super state.
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