Future Positive: International Co-operation in the 21st by Michael Edwards

By Michael Edwards

An confident evaluate of the customers for a brand new foreign order - appearing as a counter-blast to worldwide pessimism. The textual content explains how the foreign procedure operates, the pressures it faces and the alterations it needs to suffer, and provides concrete rules to re-frame diplomacy, international relief and humanitarian intervention, with no utilizing jargon or simplistic decisions.

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Faith in the power of wise intervention to redress the imperfections of markets, and the ability of planning to engineer positive social and economic change, was widespread. There was no better illustration than the Marshall Plan, an act of enlightened self-interest on the part of the USA that, in its scale and form, is unique in history. 42 The future wealth of the USA depended in part on its willingness to share what it already had with others. 43 Marshall aid was therefore designed to pump-prime rapid economic recovery in Western Europe and so neutralise Soviet influence at a time when Communism was a real political force.

The future of the world depends on wise collective choices, but such choices can never be made on the back of imposed ideas. That implies a willingness to undertake the search together with those who may disagree with us. Nothing else will secure the collective legitimacy for solutions to hold. Despite our efforts, we have not really tried to help in this deeper sense. Now, with the colonial era at an end, the cold war out of our system, and mounting scepticism about any attempt to engineer universal solutions, the stage is set for a more concerted effort to make the vision of 1945 a reality, informed by the lessons of the last 50 years.

Three billion people face severe water shortages within the next 50 years, oceans are being over-fished, soils eroded, and the atmosphere polluted. 79 Those who try to rubbish this scenario, he claims, are simply part of the big business lobby. 80 Food security and control over water will dominate world affairs, and no doubt we will all be vegetarians. We face other threats too. 82 Other unwanted exports include criminal gangs, drugs, terrorists, illegal immigrants and unregistered armaments, not to mention a superpower arsenal of 100,000 nuclear weapons.

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