Council on Foreign Relations: Back to school with Global Governance

Here's your friendly Global Government, children!


The Council on Foreign Relations have released a new theme for September in schools: Global Governance


They have also provided lesson ideas to brainwash today's youth.


Let's have a look at some of their 'modules':


1. What Is the Liberal World Order?

Explore the organizations and agreements that have promoted global peace and prosperity for seventy-five years as well as the challenges that now threaten to undermine those gains.


After World War II—the deadliest conflict in human history—countries sought to ensure the world never again devolved into such horrific violence. World leaders created a series of international organizations and agreements to promote global cooperation on issues including security, trade, health, and monetary policy. The United States has championed this system—known as the liberal world order—for the past seventy-five years. During this time, the world has enjoyed unprecedented peace and prosperity. But these institutions are far from perfect, and today they are struggling to address new sources of disorder, such as climate change and a deadly pandemic. What’s more, democracy is on the decline around the world, authoritarianism is on the rise, and countries like China are deliberately chipping away at the liberal world order, creating parallel institutions of their own. Faced with these challenges, will the liberal world order survive? If a new system emerges, what will that mean for freedom, peace, and prosperity worldwide? In this module, we will

  • outline the authority and limitations of the UN Security Council in ensuring global peace;

  • explore the challenges of holding governments accountable for violating international law;

  • evaluate the success of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in promoting trade, development, and economic stability;

  • investigate how the World Trade Organization has contributed to a decades-long boom in free trade; and

  • learn about the role of the World Health Organization in safeguarding global health and its shortcomings in coordinating an effective international response to crises like the COVID-19 pandemic.


You can watch their video here.


2. What Is the UN Security Council?


World War I revealed the terrible consequences of global conflict. No one wanted to repeat its cataclysmic violence.

And so, in the final year of fighting, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson shared his idea for ensuring the world never again descended into such destruction. In a 1918 speech, he advocated for the creation of an “association of nations” that would respect one another’s borders and independence. By 1920, the League of Nations was born.

The League was staked on the idea of collective security, meaning the invasion of one country would be treated like a threat to the entire group.

But the League’s big dreams for world peace crashed into harsh realities. For all of Wilson’s advocacy, the U.S. Senate voted against joining the League, fearing the entanglements and obligations of membership. The League’s requirement for unanimous agreement before taking action further weakened the organization. In the two decades after its founding, it failed to stop Japan from invading China, halt Italy from invading Abyssinia (now Ethiopia), or counter the rise of Nazi Germany.

Though the League of Nations ultimately fell down on the job, it laid the groundwork for what came next: the United Nations. World leaders created the United Nations after World War II in yet another attempt to promote global security. But, in order for this new organization to succeed, it had to be stronger than its predecessor.

That strength would come from the UN Security Council—the organization’s most powerful body, which can issue sanctions and even authorize the use of military force. Five countries—the United States, China, France, Russia, and the United Kingdom—helm the Security Council as permanent members (known as the P5), each with the power to veto any resolution with which it disagrees. Ten other UN members, each elected for a rotating two-year term and without veto power, round out the Security Council.


Read the full 'module' here.



3. What is International Law?


What happens if someone breaks the law? They can be arrested, stand trial, and pay a fine or go to prison if found guilty.

What happens if a country breaks a law? The reality there looks quite different. The world has no global police force or international prison. If a country doesn’t like a certain law, it can simply choose not to follow that law. All of this makes holding countries accountable for their actions quite difficult.

This lesson explores the origins of international law, the reasons why countries sometimes break those rules, and the courts that attempt to enforce them. Origins of international law

Modern international law dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. Determined to usher in an era of peace and prosperity, world leaders gathered at The Hague—a city in the Netherlands—in 1899 and 1907 to establish the first laws of war and arms control agreements. The League of Nations (founded in 1920) was among the first international organizations dedicated to securing world peace and adjudicating international disputes. Despite those treaties and institutions, the world descended into two calamitous world wars in the first half of the twentieth century, dealing a devastating blow to the idealistic belief that international law alone could tame the world’s violence.

Nevertheless, in the aftermath of World War II, countries sought to ensure the world would never again devolve into such horrific conflict. In 1945, this effort led to the creation of the United Nations, whose founding document—the UN Charter—laid out rules whereby countries agreed to uphold human rights, respect borders, and settle disputes through negotiation and arbitration rather than conflict. Of course, this agreement hasn’t always worked out, and conflicts still occur—but so far the world has avoided fighting on the same scale as a world war.

The UN Charter is not the single rule book for international law. Since World War II, countries have signed numerous agreements on issues both mundane and profound, including nuclear proliferation, trade, fishing rights, climate change, outer space, the treatment of diplomats, and the rules of war. This body of rules and regulations is collectively known as international law.


Read the full 'module' here.


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There are several more.Tthey talk about the World Bank and IMF whilst, conveniently leaving out the Bank for International Settlements. They also do not state who the shareholders are, or state where these loans come from. They do not discuss the ethics of usury . They do not discuss the implication of putting nations into unpayable debt and thus, servitude. They do not ask the question of why do these unaccountable institutions have the right to plan the global future? Nor, what right do they have to deny loans to countries who do not follow their policies (lockdowns)?


They even have their SDGs modules to indoctrinate, (sorry - "teach") the children what the new world morality will be.



Teaching_with_the_Sustainable_Development_Goals
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We need to decentralise education and eradicate these unaccountable, corrupt and propagandist global institutions.


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Sources


1. https://world101.cfr.org/how-world-works-and-sometimes-doesnt/global-governance