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War, poverty and pestilence may force migrations and social discontinuity. But stable societies develop national attributes from the cultural capital of their constituent minorities. Stable states become nations. A world nation or world republic would not be desirable even if it were possible, because people properly savor the particularity of their own local circumstances. Nations benefit from the models that they provide each other. World government would risk universal tyranny through the single usurpation of an ambitious despot or self-important Caesar.
164 France, Britain, and the United States all enjoy substantially republican governments and permanent seats on the Council, which give the Council’s decisions considerable legitimate influence. But current distributions of power require that Council majorities must rely on non-republican support. 165 Republican members of the United Nations have made this commitment after democratic deliberation. Even so, republics that do not enjoy permanent membership on the Security Council may find their interests overruled to placate big powers, and even permanent members will sometimes face old Council resolutions which cannot be reversed or altered due to the recalcitrance of non-republican states.
The European Reformation put an end to any particular individual’s or separate government’s pretensions to universal authority. 38 The SecretaryGeneral and United Nations General Assembly do not provide effective replacements. The more law and justice change, the more they remain the same. ” The United Nations confirmed the preeminence of what is now called “international” law. But both recognized the central importance of fundamental human rights. Civil society develops within nations, not between them.