This post is going to be part of an occasional series looking at some common misconceptions and/or concerns about what Simpol is, what it stands for and what it does. So let’s start with…
First off, we can have a look at what the concern actually is here. In a letter to a bishop as far back as 1887, Lord Acton famously declared that
‘power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely’.
Human history is, of course, littered with the tragic proof of the truth of this statement.
So those people who raise this issue start, undeniably, from a legitimate source of concern. They are concerned that if one, singular world government is established it would be liable to be massively corrupt and unaccountable. They see the totalitarian parties in numerous countries in the past and wonder what it would have been like if they had had no one to oppose them. Imagine for a moment that there had not been the allied powers to stop the Nazis for example…
So, when they see or hear about Simpol, these people are worried that Simultaneous Policy, via Simpol will lead to precisely this kind of government.
But they are wrong. Simpol is absolutely NOT one world government.
Simpol is, in fact a mechanism for global cooperative governance.
The difference between government and governance is a profound and important one in general and in the case of Simpol particularly so.
To explain the difference I will use an analogy. If I have one firework I can place it, light the fuse and allow it to go off. But no matter how large that firework is, I cannot say that it went off simultaneously. To say that makes no sense. If, however, I have ten fireworks and I am able to wire them together into one launch unit (not that I’d personally have the first idea how to do this, but it seems to work well enough at the professional displays!) then I can indeed say that all ten went off simultaneously.
What we can establish from this is the principle that simultaneity requires plurality. For something to take place simultaneously, there must be a number of entities to start with.
This principle applies equally to politics with Simpol and the Simultaneous Policy. There must be a number of governments to act simultaneously. The Simpol pledge, which is signed by the politicians, states that they will:
“…vote in the Parliament for the Simultaneous Policy (Simpol) to be
implemented when the governments of all, or sufficient, nations have likewise pledged to implement it…”
So, by definition, this pledge requires there to be nations states and therefore national governments. What Simpol provides, then, is a mechanism that allows these nations to work together cooperatively and thus overcome the system of destructive international competition that paralyses policy creation in modern politics.
Simpol makes no requirement of global government whatsoever and, further, it protects the rights of those nations by only creating policies with global simultaneous scope.
Simpol will not, for example, take any part or position in the debate and subsequent referendum on the voting system currently taking place in the UK. This is a purely national issue and so Simpol remains entirely impartial and dispassionate about it.
Similarly, when policies are proposed for inclusion in the Simultaneous Policy manifesto they are voted on each year by Simpol adopters. In this voting process there are a number of criteria that any proposal must meet to be included. Amongst these is the requirement that the policy proposal have this necessary global scope. The surest way for any policy to be ‘struck down’ is for voters to indicate that it is a policy of national scope only.
In these ways the sovereignty of nations is protected – even encouraged – by Simpol, the potential horrors of corrupt global government can be avoided and humanity can move forward together cooperatively towards a more just, prosperous and sustainable world.