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The Global Commonwealth of Citizens: Toward Cosmopolitan Democracy

Author:
Daniele
Archibugi
Publisher:
Princeton University Press (298 pages)
,
2008
Reviewed By:
Ronald J.
Glossop

Democracy is needed at the global level, not just within nations. That is the thesis of this book directed mainly to Western thinkers, especially in the United States. The governance of the world community should be in the hands of all its inhabitants, not just the small proportion found in earlier industrialized, earlier democratized richer countries.

The Politics of World Federation

Author:
Joseph Preston
Baratta
Publisher:
Praeger (Vol. 1: 298 pages; Vol. 2: 696 pages)
,
2004
Reviewed By:
Ronald J.
Glossop

World Federalists who would like to know more about their roots have a new treasure here. The first sentence of this new two-volume work by a professional historian (who knows the movement from within as well as through intensive study) succinctly describes the whole: "This book is a history of the practical, political efforts to establish a constitutionally limited, democratically representative, federal world government in order to effectively abolish war."

Tilting At Windbags: Autobiography of a World Federlist

Author:
Harold S.
Bidmead
Publisher:
Edward Gaskell (238 pages)
,
2005
Reviewed By:
Ronald J.
Glossop

Harold Bidmead is a world federalist who pulls no punches.  He is dissatisfied with all existing international organizations, including the U.N. and the European Union.  What is needed is a federation, not a confederation of states, and that is true whether the context is a federation for the world or a federation for Europe.  "Windbags" are those who don't appreciate the great difference between a union of individuals and a union of states.

Two Elephants in the Room: Overpopulation And Opportunities We Ignore At Our Peril

Author:
David E.
Christensen
Publisher:
Denver CO: Outskirts Press (165 pages)
,
2010
Reviewed By:
Ronald J.
Glossop

As noted in the Foreword, this insightful book by Professor Emeritus of Geography David Christensen tells you not what you would like to know but what you need to know.

Healing The World

Author:
David E.
Christensen
Publisher:
iUniverse (194 pages)
,
2005
Reviewed By:
Ronald J.
Glossop

David Christensen writes this book as a follow-up to Senator Paul Simon's 2003 book HEALING AMERICA, something that Paul Simon was not able to do because of his death.  As Sheila Simon says in the Foreword, "My father, Paul Simon, had great respect for Dave Christensen.  Dad valued Dave's opinions enough to ask Dave for feedback on one of Dad's last books.  Dave's book is based in part on Dad's work . . . ."

Apocalypse Never: Forging the Path to a Nuclear Weapon-Free World

Author:
Tad
Daley
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press (296 pages)
,
2010
Reviewed By:
Ronald
Glossop

Apocalypse Never is a masterful combination of fact-filled cogent argumentation on the urgent need for and the available means to get a world free of nuclear weapons with a passionate presentation of the reality that the fate of humanity requires that this absolutely essential task be undertaken now. Daley’s great writing style filled with memorable quotations makes for captivating reading about this serious subject.

America the Almighty

Author:
Stephen L.
Damours
Publisher:
Bookman Publishing (422 pages)
,
2004
Reviewed By:
Scott
Hoffman

America the Almighty, a devastating critique of American foreign policy, examines both healthy and dangerous trends in international relations. It shows how, all too frequently, the Bush administration has become the cause of the latter.

War: The Lethal Custom

Author:
Gwynne
Dyer
Publisher:
Carroll & Graf Publishers (484 pages)
,
2005
Reviewed By:
Ronald
Glossop

WAR:  THE LETHAL CUSTOM

by Gwynne Dyer  [New York:  Carroll & Graf Publishers, 2005]

(Book review by Ronald J. Glossop--July 9, 2011)

  War: The Lethal Custom is a revised version of Dyer’s 1985 classic War which was written in conjunction with the similarly named popular public television series shown at the height of the nuclear arms race between the Soviet Union and the United States.

Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future

Author:
Ornstein, Robert E. &
Ehrlich, Paul R.
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (210 pages)
,
2010
Reviewed By:
Jane
Shevtsov

Humanity on a Tightrope: Thoughts on Empathy, Family, and Big Changes for a Viable Future, written by biologist and environmentalist Paul Ehrlich and psychologist Robert Ornstein, is a short book about the need to expand our sense of empathy and in-group identification to all of humanity. Unlike virtually all contemporary books on sociopolitical and environmental topics, it explicitly discusses global government.

Faithful Against Torture

Author:
Robert
Enholm
Publisher:
iUniverse.com; Reissue edition (52 pages)
,
2009
Reviewed By:
Robert
Enholm

GlobalSolutions.org is proud to announce the release of Faithful Against Torture, a collection of essays by people of faith considering torture in the light of the principles, precepts and traditions of their religions.

GlobalSolutions.org supports the establishment and enforcement of universal standards prohibiting torture.  We believe that the United States will be more secure in a world in which international treaties and norms prohibit torture and that U.S. service personnel and citizens will be safest when such standards are universally respected.