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[catalogued under 24. Political Theory / D. Ideologies / 4. Social Utilitarianism]

Full Idea

Utilitarianism is a universalist ethic, so the political realisation of this ethic would seem to be a world state seeking to maximise happiness for the world's population.

Gist of Idea

The universalism of utilitarianism implies a world state


John Charvet (Liberalism: the basics [2019], 12)

Book Reference

Charvet,John: 'Liberalism: the basics' [Routledge 2019], p.157

A Reaction

It certainly doesn't seem to favour the citizens of the state where it is implemented, since miserable people just across the border would have priority, and all miserable migrants must be welcomed. There is no loyalty to citizens.