The World Needs a Dictator and He/She Should Start a War Right Now

Posted: December 9, 2015 in Uncategorized
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imageslike.com-small-darth-vader-star-wars-celebration-v-501st-room-darth-vader-costume.jpgDemocracy is a wonderful thing, but it does have its inherent limitations. Governance by consensus can’t solve every problem. Humans didn’t evolve to react productively to long-term, incremental changes, or to act for the collective well-being of the species at an individual’s expense. Today’s nation-states operate as a set of individuals without a leader. The closest thing we have to nation-leaders being the U.S., the E.U., and China, but even those act primarily in their own self-interest. Consensus works well when it can be reached, as long as it can be reached. Put another way, the world’s nation-states have reached consensus, which so far has been to do very little about global warming, world-wide poverty, humans rights abuses, environmental degradation, orbital debris, etc. As long as humanity collectively keeps its heads in the sand, our species will continue partying like its 1999 until the party’s over and by then it will probably be too late (at least for most people, let alone plants and animals that haven’t figured out how to vote). Ultimately, none of these problems are scientific, or engineering, or technological problems. These are human behavior problems. Greenhouse gas emissions could be substantially reduced tomorrow if everyone decided not to drive. Arguably, science, engineering, and technology have made matters worse. Three hundred years ago, there was no need for Whole Foods—the entire world was organic. There wasn’t a need for carbon credits—the only greenhouse gases being emitted were from volcanoes. To solve today’s urgent, intransigent problems, we need to act in unison. The human race has to align.

Who can make this happen? A dictator. The world needs a dictator, hopefully benevolent, and he/she should start a war and conquer the entire world. Why? So that species-level decisions can be made. Global warming threatens the species—a sufficiently enlightened dictator would impose across-the-board policies to curb emissions but also cut back their core cause—people. There are simply too many people on this ball of dirt we call home. An enlightened dictator would enact family-planning policies to reduce the human population from today’s 7.29 billion people to a tenth or even a hundredth of that. H/she would have no compunction about limiting families to two children (sorry Brady Bunch devotees), as well as promoting birth control and even (gasp) abortion. Ecologically, we are a pestilence, an invasive species, a swarm of locusts eating (consuming) ourselves out of hearth and home. If we act as a coordinated species instead of a mob of individuals, voila—global warming solved.

World-wide poverty? Impose mandatory income redistribution to bring up undeveloped countries until average income is leveled world-wide. Commerce would thrive as markets swell with new customers. Terrorism? Policing the world consistently while opening economic opportunities would remove much of the motivation behind terrorists’ ability to recruit. Unfair labor practices and lack of environmental protection by other countries undercutting the domestic economy? Enforce the same standards world-wide. Everyone would be a citizen with equal rights and access to the rule of law. Worker health and income go up, offshoring jobs becomes irrelevant, a level playing field for all.

Without the systemic problems that plague the world today, where will we direct our efforts? Redirect most of our resources away from the military and instead increase spending on education, health care, and science. Direct more resources outward—space. Compared to today’s competing space programs, what could a unified world government with strong leadership accomplish? Far more. We could push our species beyond its birthplace and reach for the stars on an accelerated schedule. Colonization of the solar system for a start. A healthier, ecologically-sound, happier planet with better long-term chances of our species’ survival. It’s worth thinking about. Now who’s going to start the war?

Seriously, though. Do I really advocate a new war?  No, but I do contend a worldwide government with the power to really govern (not just impose sanctions) will be a necessary step to solve our biggest problems.  Unfortunately, until things get much worse, short of a war or global catastrophe, that’s unlikely to happen.

image credit: Star Wars Celebration V – 501st Room – Darth Vader Costume via free images (license)

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