Democracy or Global Governance?
A leading US scholar asks whether the global ideologists will succeed in persuading the liberal democratic state to commit political suicide.
Does the growth of transnational organizations such as the EU, the IMF, and the World Bank pose a threat to liberal democracy? In a lecture at the Danube Institute on December 9th, John Fonte, a senior fellow at the Washington-based Hudson Institute argued that it does.
There was no doubt, he said, that that as the 21st century progressed, globalisation would increase. But the central question to be answered, namely whether that process would be international, based on nation state or transnational, remained to be answered.
The movement towards political transnationalism, as exemplified by growing powers of UN agencies, the EU, and others, was not simply an extension of traditional liberal internationalism, but something qualitatively different. Transnationalism signified legal action and authority beyond national laws, and as such, represented an intrusion into the affairs of nation states, including liberal democracies
There was nothing secretive or conspiratorial about this. The globalist’s objectives were openly stated on the websites of the UN, the European Union, Yale law school and the Ford Foundation. A primary goal was the establishment of global legalism – the creation of a global rule of law superior to all national law.
If the forces of global governance were able to establish some form of global authority, liberal democracy would be replaced by post-democracy.
But it was highly unlikely that such a utopian vision could succeed on its own terms since there was little support for sharing sovereignty among rising states, such as China or India or among other states, such as Russia, Brazil or Turkey. But it was entirely possible that the globalist ideology could achieve a critical mass of influence among opinion makers in the West.
Leading the discussion which followed Professor Fonte’s lecture were Szabolcs Pogonyi, Assistant Profession in the Nationalism Studies Programme at the Central University and Tibor Mándi, Assistant Professor Tibor Mándi, Assistant Professor at the Department of Political Science at ELTE Faculty of Law.
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