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August 07, 2009

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Andy

I agree completely, even with Cowen's points about free trade (anathema to much of the left).

It is interesting to me how much this all sounds like Bill Clinton's platform circa 1992 (and not coincidentally rhymes with Obama's 2008 campaign themes).

I agree that some day we should work towards a world government, but in order for it to be functionally democratic (or functional at all), we need to drastically raise living standards for everyone. But getting there is really hard. It is difficult to be hopeful about that when we can't even give all Americans a basic level of security. IMO, Getting to a national healthcare system here at home would be a big first step toward these goals.

But on a larger scale, we need to make sure that we can continue to disprove Malthus. If we can't, then there need to be lots of suffering people in the world to maintain our standard of living here at the top. My hope is that freer trade and immigration standards can make that more possible, more quickly.

Keshava

You should take a look at Amartya Sen's new book, The Idea of Justice. It is Sen's first comprehensive account of his critique of Rawls, his mentor. He argues that global justice does not require a global government, for too many reasons to list here. On your side of the argument, some of the most persuasive advocacy for the necessity of a global government to dispense global justice comes from the philosopher Thomas Nagel.

Dylan Matthews

Andy - little I disagree with there.

Keshava- thanks for the tip, I'll check it out. I'm actually reading "The Probelm of Global Justice" by Nagel right now.

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