This blog started out as a companion piece to my book, Musings from the Christian Left (excerpts of which can be found in the July 2004 link) and to support a planned radio show. Now, its simply a long term writing project from a Christian Left Libertarian perspective (meaning I often argue for liberty within the (Catholic) Church, rather than liberty because the church takes care of a conservative view of morality.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Is a League of Democracies Enough?

Jackson Diehl writes in today's Washington Post about how John McCain's "League of Democracies" has liberal roots. This concept also has its Neocon roots in the work of Aaron Wildavsky and Max Singer in their book The Real World Order. They propose an almost Bismarkian hybrid of representation by population and representation by a factor of GDP and would give democracies much greater weight. I have a different proposal along these lines, but it goes a bit farther than a league of sovereign states.

First, I would create regional governments within the larger nations in NATO (the U.S., Germany, France, UK) and give each region a great deal of autonomy on taxation, spending and regulation. The national and later allied government would coin and print money, suggest economic policy to the regions, homogonize regulation by regional consensus, regulate joint military affairs with a singe commander-in-chief and executive, deal with environmental issues and oversee equal protection rights vis-a-vis regional and sub-regional (state and provincial) governments, as well as human rights violations by employers. It would have an allied judiciary and directly elected legislators - 2 per region. The chief executive would be chosen by an Allied College consisting of the legislature and the chief executives of each region.

Most importantly, nations would not be allowed to join unless they actually adopted the same level of individual liberty as found in the U.S. and Europe. In essence, we would be joining the EU as 7 member states and insisting that it adopt a more federalist government than it currently has.

I don't think McCain will go that far - however I am not sure the rest of the alliance has much patience for the U.S. and NATO if we do not eventually go down that road.

3 Comments:

Blogger gary said...

I too have an idea for a more democratic organization...

www.UnitedDemocraticNations.org

And I think there would be more members than you think, hopefully every nation ultimately. That of course is the point of it all.

gary

11:10 PM

 
Anonymous George said...

I wonder how you can question the level of democracy in a system that gives more weight to some countries than others. The USA has a similar system for individual voters.

George Bush only became president because some votes count for more than others. Now Obama is the candidate for the same reason.

I have always been mystified how the nation that pushes for one vote for each person in many other countries, does not have that system at home.

12:12 PM

 
Blogger gary said...

George,

The US clearly has room to grow in the democracy department. I completely agree...one vote per person needs to be the goal.

There is one problem with the one vote per person idea, at least on the global level. You could make the argument that it encourages overpopulation. Does a nation that turns its parks into parking lots because they don't believe in birth control deserve more votes? No easy answers...

gary
www.UnitedDemocraticNations.org

12:24 PM

 

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