The world no longer has a choice between force and law; if civilization is to survive, it must choose the rule of law.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized common peace.
Unless some effective world supergovernment for the purpose of preventing war can be set up...the prospects for peace and human progress are dark.... If...it is found possible to build a world organization of irresistible force and inviolable authority for the purpose of securing peace, there are no limits to the blessings which all men enjoy and share.
... we have been warned by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself ... There must be law, steadily invoked and respected by all nations, for without law, the world promises only such meager justice as the pity of the strong upon the weak.
--Dwight D. Eisenhower
There is an increasing awareness of the need for some form of global government.
There is enough bad in people to make law necessary, and enough good in people to make it workable.
The international community should support a system of laws to regularize international relations and maintain the peace in the same manner that law governs national order.
--Pope John Paul II
World federalism is an idea that will not die.More and more people are coming to realize that peace must be more than an interlude if we are to survive; that peace is a product of law and order; that law is essential if the force of arms is not to rule the world.
--Justice William O. Douglas
We shall live together as brothers or die together as fools
--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
A world government with powers adequate to guarantee security is not a remote ideal for the distant future. It is an urgent necessity if our civilization is to survive.
... the emergency committee of atomic scientists, having explored for two years all means other than world government for making responsible the control of atomic energy, has become convinced that no other method than world government can be expected to prove effective, and that the attainment of world government is therefore the most urgent problem now facing mankind.
The abolition of war is no longer an ethical question to be pondered solely by learned philosophers and ecclesiastics, but a hard core one for the decision of the masses whose survival is the issue. Many will tell you with mockery and ridicule that the abolition of war can only be a dream - that it is the vague imagining of a visionary. But we must go on or we will go under ... We must have new thoughts, new ideas, new concepts. We must break out of the straightjacket of the past. We must sufficient imagination and courage to translate the universal wish for peace–which is rapidly becoming a necessity–into actuality.
--General Douglas MacArthur, July 5, 1961
World federalists hold before us the vision of a unified mankind living in peace under a just world order. The heart of their program - a world under law - is realistic and attainable.
--U.N. Secretary General U Thant
Our goals are the same as those of the U.N.'s founders, who sought to replace a world at war with one where the rule of law would prevail, where human rights were honored, where development would blossom, wher conflict would give way to freedom from violence.
--Ronald Reagan, Address to the U.N. General Assembly, Sept 26, 1983
I believe at some future day, the nations of the earth will agree on some sort of congress which will take cognizance of international questions of difficulty and whose decisions will be as binding as the decisions of the Supreme Court are upon us.
--Ulysses S. Grant
Any scientist can testify that a dead ocean means a dead planet .... No national law, no national precautions can save the planet. The ocean, more than any other part of our planet, ... is a classic example of the absolute need for international global action.
It is obvious that no difficulty in the way of world government can match the danger of a world without it.
--Carl Van Doren
A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient measure of social justice to ensure health, educaion, and a rough equality of opportunity, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open up a new phase in human history.
For I dipt into the future, far as human eye could see,
Saw the Vision of the world, and all the wonders that would be;
Till the war-drum throbb'd no longer, and the battle-flags were furl'd
In the Parliament of man, the Federation of the world.
There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe,
And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal law.
--Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Locksley Hall (1837)
...and I hope someday you'll join us...(John Lennon)
--the cosmic rat