The one-world advocates want a single government, the same power ruling in China, Malaysia, the United States, and everywhere else. If they get their way, different countries will cease to exist. Have they considered the advantages of competition, not only between businesses but between countries? What happens if only a single model of government is available?
Currently we have various forms of collectivism, all too many tyrannies, and at least two major forms of representative government. People can see the difference; they can look at which type of government they prefer. They can then try to establish that form of government in their own countries. In fact many of them “vote with their feet,” moving to the country they think will serve them best (usually the United States of America).
Should world government become a reality, the U.S. would be forced to follow the rest of the world. Those who now flee to our shores would have nowhere to go; they would remain prisoners in whatever system holds them. Those who want to copy our freedoms would have no example to follow. The United States is an ideal as well as a country. That ideal, if we hold true to it, is a shining city on a hill, providing an example to the world. World government would destroy that example.
One-world government is a terrible idea until such time as we have perfect people to run such a government. Rather than bring the rest of the world up to our standard of freedom, we would more likely impose on the entire world a tyranny such as rules in third-world dictatorships.
I close this chapter with the last paragraph of Hannan's book. After pointing out the disadvantages of the current European system and decrying the U.S. tendency to copy the worst aspects thereof, he concludes,
So let me close with a heartfelt imprecation, from a Briton who loves his country to Americans who still believe in theirs. Honor the genius of your founders. Respect the most sublime constitution devised by human intelligence. Keep the faith with the design that has made you independent. Preserve the freedom of the nation to which, by good fortune and God's grace, you are privileged to belong.