If we must have a world government…

I suppose a confederation of nations dedicated to the common good might have some advantages.  Still, if I had to choose, I would prefer that one nation to just conquer all the others.  After all, a confederation would probably just amount to an a pooling of the vices of each nation’s ruling class, whereas for one nation to conquer all the others would require it to have some real virtues.  Also, and this is crucial, the conquerers must not subjugate the world in the name of the common good.  It would be far better if personal glory was the motive.  If they conceive of some sort of moral duty for their conquests, then they will have to regard nations who defend themselves as wicked, and victory will be followed by punishment, as it was in 1945.  At the very least, the conquered would have to endure lectures about what a big favor was done to them by having their sovereignty stolen, as the Piedmontese rats did as they devoured Italy.  Julius Caesar, on the other hand, was famous for his mercy toward those he defeated.

Spengler predicted that the rule of money run amok would bring about the return of Caesarism.  Thomas Molnar gave voice to the reactionaries’ hope that civilization might be saved by a new Augustus, a dictator who uses his powers to reinforce authority and public morals rather than to undermine them.  Given the more likely alternatives, being conquered by a new Caesar and ruled by a new Augustus would have its attractions.

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  1. My own family made some modest efforts in that direction. I happen to be a lineal descendant of Genghis Khan. No nonsense about a « mission civilisatrice » for him!

    My mother’s family is descended from, Lt-Col William Linnaeus Gardner (b. 1770) who had served in the 74th Highlanders and, in 1809, raised, at Farrukhabad and Mainpuri, the famous cavalry corps known as “Gardner’s Horse.” His granddaughter, Susan Gardner [Sabia Begum], married Mirza Anjan Shikoh, son of Shahzada Mirza Suleiman Shikoh of the Delhi Imperial Family. He was the grandson of Padshah-e Hind (Emperor of India) Jalal ad-Din Abu´l Mozaffar Mohammad Ali Gauhar Shah Alam II.

    The founder of the Mughal line, Zahir ud-Din Mohammad (Babur) was a direct descendent of the great khan.

  2. Hopefully, it will be an Augustus and not a Constantine. 😉 A Caesarism that purges the Western spirit of all the Christian meekness and universalism and other diseases that have infected it would be welcome indeed.

    “In order that there may be institutions, there must be a kind of will, instinct, or imperative, which is anti-liberal to the point of malice: the will to tradition, to authority, to responsibility for centuries to come, to the solidarity of chains of generations, forward and backward ad infinitum. When this will is present, something like the imperium Romanum is founded…”

    Also: http://www.counter-currents.com/2011/10/the-romans/

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