What a One-World Government Looks Like

Thursday, October 27, 2011
By Paul Martin

By Ben Shapiro
Wednesday, October 26, 2011

“Imagine there’s no countries,” John Lennon warbled in his inane song “Imagine.” “It isn’t hard to do / Nothing to kill or die for … Imagine all the people / Living life in peace / You may say that I’m a dreamer / But I’m not the only one / I hope someday you’ll join us / And the world will be as one.”

They believed in those pathetic dreams in Europe. In the aftermath of World War II, facing the prospect of Soviet domination and wanting to keep the defeated Germans from completing a World War trilogy, the European community, aided by the United States, created the European Coal and Steel Community. A federal Europe was the goal; the original plans included a European Defense Community and a European Political Community, both of which fell through. Eventually, this grew into the European Economic Community.

The European Union was the successor to the EEC, formed in 1993. The current EU members include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, German, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

There was only one problem with this notion: These states had little in common. They did not share a common language; they didn’t share common customs (other than, perhaps, a deep-rooted history of anti-Semitism); they didn’t even share basic economic principles. This created potential for tremendous conflict within the Union.

The most obvious success for the EU, however, was the Euro — the official currency for Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain. It is the second largest reserve currency on the planet, after the dollar.

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