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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Jan 20, 2015 03:42PM) (new)

Bentley | 30075 comments This is a thread devoted to World Legislatures and International Governments.


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Mark Mortensen Columnist Cal Thomas put forth an article this past Friday titled: “America and Future Wars” wishing that only Congress be allowed to use its given authority to declare America to war.

Coincidentally this past weekend I spent time visiting with author Nathan Tabor, discussing similar perspectives related to his book “The Beast on the East River: The U.N. Threat to America’s Sovereignty and Security”. Among his many concerns is that the United Nations is much closer to being able to vote America into war. Rather than trying to change the United Nations, Tabor feels we should adhere to our Constitution and dump the U.N. into the East River.

The Beast on the East River by Nathan TaborNathan Tabor

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Alisa (MsTaz) | 5463 comments Governing the World: The Rise and Fall of an Idea, 1815 to the Present
Governing the World The Rise and Fall of an Idea, 1815 to the Present by Mark Mazower by Mark Mazower

A history of the project of world government, from the first post-Napoleonic visions of the brotherhood of man to the current crisis of global finance.

The Napoleonic Wars showed Europe what sort of damage warring states could do. But how could sovereign nations be made to share power and learn to look beyond their own narrow interests? The old monarchs had one idea. Mazzini and the partisans of nationalist democracy had another, and so did Marx and the radical Left.

It is an argument that has raged for two hundred years now, and Mark Mazower tells its history enthrallingly in Governing the World. With each era, the stakes have grown higher as the world has grown smaller and the potential rewards to cooperation and damage from conflict have increased.

As Mark Mazower shows us, each age’s dominant power has set the tune, and for nearly a century that tune has been sung in English. He begins with Napoleon’s defeat, in 1815, when England, Russia, Austria, and Prussia formed the Concert of Europe. Against this, there emerged many of the ideas that would shape the international institutions of the twentieth century–liberal nationalism, communism, the expertise of the scientist and the professional international lawyers. Mazower traces these ideas into the Great War through to the League of Nations. He explains how the League collapsed when confronted by the atrocities of the Third Reich, and how a more hard-nosed approach to international governance emerged in its wake.

The United Nations appeared in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, and a war-fighting alliance led by Great Britain and the United States was ultimately what transformed into an international peacetime organization. Mazower examines the ideas that shaped the UN, the compromises and constraints imposed by the Cold War and its transformation in the high noon of decolonization. The 1970s ushered in a sea change in attitudes to international government through the emergence of a vision of globalized capitalism in the 1970s that marginalized the UN itself and utilized bodies like the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the World Trade Organization—the final acts of Anglo- American institution-building.

But the sun is setting on Anglo-American dominance of the world’s great international institutions. We are at the end of an era, Mazower explains, and we are passing into a new age of global power relations, a shift whose outcome is still very much in question.

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Jill Hutchinson (Bucs1960) | 10097 comments What I know about the EU you could put in a thimble, so this book was quite helpful as it is a primer for the beginner.

Understanding the European Union

Understanding the European Union A Concise Introduction (European Union) by John McCormick by John McCormick (no photo)


John McCormick's "Understanding the European Union" provides a uniquely broad-ranging but concise introduction to the EU, covering in one volume all major aspects of European integration. The third edition is systematically revised and updated throughout reflecting the major changes brought about by the 2004 enlargement round. It also includes a full assessment of the EU constitution, the impact of the Euro, and much expanded coverage of EU policies and policy making.

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Bentley | 30075 comments The European Union

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Teri Beckelheimer (teriboop) | 1944 comments Emergent Brazil: Key Perspectives on a New Global Power

Emergent Brazil Key Perspectives on a New Global Power by Jeffrey D. Needell by Jeffrey D. Needell (no photo)


For decades, scholars and journalists have hailed the enormous potential of Brazil, which has been one of the world’s largest economies for the last twenty years. But its promise has too often been curtailed by dictatorship, racism, poverty, and violence.

Offering an interdisciplinary approach to the critical issues facing Brazil, the contributors to this volume analyze the democratization of the country’s media, its nuclear capabilities, changing crime rates, the spread of Pentecostalism and indigenous religions, the development of popular culture, the growth of Brazilian agribusiness, and the implementation of sustainable economic development, especially in the Amazon.

The only member of the large, newly industrialized, fast-growing BRICS economies (along with Russia, China, India, and South Africa) in the Western hemisphere, Brazil plays a unique role regionally and throughout the world. Emergent Brazil is a comprehensive and timely collection of essays that explore the country’s major domestic concerns and the impact of its trends, institutions, culture, and religion across the globe.

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Teri Beckelheimer (teriboop) | 1944 comments The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective

The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective by David E. Smith by David E. Smith (no photo)


The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective is the first scholarly study of the Senate in over a quarter century and the first analysis of the upper house as one chamber of a bicameral legislature. David E. Smith's aim in this work is to demonstrate the interrelationship of the two chambers and the constraints this relationship poses for Senate reform. He analyses past literature on the Senate and current proposals for reform - such as a Triple-E Senate - and compares Canada's upper chamber with those of Australia, the United States, Germany, and the United Kingdom, noting a revival of interest in Canada and abroad in upper chambers and bicameralism.

Drawing on parliamentary debates and committee reports, as well as a range of broad secondary sources, The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective examine the Canadian Senate within the international context, shedding light on its role as a political institution and arguing for a renewed investigation into its future.

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Books mentioned in this topic

The Beast on East River: The Un Threat to America's Sovereignty and Security (other topics)
Governing the World: The Rise and Fall of an Idea, 1815 to the Present (other topics)
Understanding the European Union: A Concise Introduction (other topics)
Emergent Brazil: Key Perspectives on a New Global Power (other topics)
The Canadian Senate in Bicameral Perspective (other topics)

Authors mentioned in this topic

Nathan Tabor (other topics)
Mark Mazower (other topics)
John McCormick (other topics)
Jeffrey D. Needell (other topics)
David E. Smith (other topics)