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Single Idea 20582

[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / A. Basis of a State / 1. A People / c. A unified people]

Full Idea

Critics have argued that a global 'demos' would require a shared global identity.


A 'demos' is a political community

Gist of Idea

World government needs a shared global identity


Johanna Oksala (Political Philosophy: all that matters [2013], Ch.9 'Epi')

Book Reference

Oksala,Johanna: 'Political Philosophy' [Hodder and Stoughton 2013], p.125

A Reaction

The great divisions are religion and language. The great unifiers are sport, arts and entertainment, plus basic human needs like food, health and housing. The reply is that there cannot be identity without differences, so global democracy is out.