World Federalist Quotes
“If I can get freedom for India now […] empire idea dissolves and world state takes its place, in which all the states of the world are free and equal, no state has its military. There may be a world police to keep order in the absence of universal belief in non-violence.”
Martin Luther King, Jr.
“I would work to bring about universal disarmament and set up a world police force through the United Nations that could handle any problems that arise. I am not at all an anarchist and don’t think man will ever come to the point where we will not need some checks.
I would also consider some form of a world government. As we grow and come to see the oneness of mankind and the geographical oneness of the world, made possible by man’s scientific and technological ingenuity, more and more we are going to have to try to see our oneness in terms of brotherhood. This does not mean that everyone has to agree at every point. There can be a world government where diversity can exist and this would lessen many tensions that we face today, and it would also enable everybody to understand that we are clothed in a single garment of destiny, and whatever affects one nation directly in the world, indirectly affects all.”
“With all my heart I believe that the world’s present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war, and inhumanity. Mankind’s desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government.”
Vice-President of the European Commission
“Faced with the globalization of economy and finance, the mounting imbalance in the distribution of wealth, and asymmetric threats to international security, the answer that is provided by the cooperation of nation-states is often no longer enough. There’s an increased urgency that political institutions and instruments of participation and democracy also go through a process of globalization. That’s why I support the establishment of a UN Parliamentary Assembly.”
“The problems with the ocean, with the atmosphere, with the soil, with the population, with pollution, with anything you want to aim – do not distinguish among us! How then can we distinguish among ourselves? […] What we need is some sort of federal world government.”
“[As long as] the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship and the rule of international morality will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued but never attained – everywhere is war.”
War (1976) based on Haile Selassie’s address to the UN (1963)
“Our task is not to overthrow globalisation, but to capture it, and to use it as a vehicle for humanity’s first global democratic revolution.”
“The natural resources of the world belong to each and every one of us. So instead of trying to fight poverty at the superficial level we should go to the root causes and demand to be citizens of the world, with one world parliament, government and Earth constitution”
First Prime Minister of India
“I have no doubt in my mind that the World Government must and will come, for there is no other remedy for the world’s sickness. It can be an extension of the federal principle, a growth of the idea underlying the United Nations, giving each national unit freedom to fashion its destiny according to its genius, but subject always to the basic covenant of the world Government.”
“It is the sense of the congress that it should be a fundamental objective of the foreign policy of the United States to support and strengthen the United Nations and to seek its development into a world federation, open to all nations, with defined and limited powers adequate to preserve peace and prevent aggression through the enactment, interpretation, and enforcement of world law…”
Resolution #64 (Oct. 12, 1949) Adopted by both chambers of the Congress; among the 111 supporters were the future Presidents G. Ford and J.F.Kennedy.
Pope John XXIII
“Today the universal common good poses problems of worldwide dimensions, which cannot be adequately tackled or solved except by the efforts of a public authority […] which is in a position to operate in an effective manner on a world-wide basis. The moral order itself, therefore, demands that such a form of public authority be established.”
Founder of the World Service Authority.
“We can no longer permit ourselves to be lead by statesmen who use us as pawns in the game of national interests. We wish to be led by those who represent us directly; we, the individuals of the human community.”
“A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient means of social justice to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of opportunity, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open a new phase in human history.”
“In our global village, everybody is our neighbor, and it is essential to make allies of our enemies. We need to create a world democracy in which everybody’s voice is heard and everybody’s aspirations are taken seriously.”
Ulysses S. Grant
18th President of the U.S.A.
“I believe at some future day the nations of the earth will agree upon some sort of congress which will take cognizance of international questions of difficulty and whose decisions will be as binding as the decisions of our Supreme Court are upon us.”
American Humanist Association
“We deplore the division of humankind on nationalistic grounds. We have reached a turning point in human history where the best option is to transcend the limits of national sovereignty and to move toward the building of a world community in which all sectors of the human family can participate. Thus we look to the development of a system of world law and a world order based upon transnational federal government.”