Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

A U.N. with Standards: Itís time for an Alliance of Democracies.
National Review ^ | 07/25/2014 | Jonah Goldberg

Posted on 07/25/2014 3:31:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

As legend has it, Groucho Marx sent the Friars Club a telegram that read, “Please accept my resignation. I don’t want to belong to any club that will accept people like me as a member.”

At least the Friars Club had standards. What to make of the United Nations? It has a single criterion for membership: existence.

Admittedly, this is an unattainable standard for such fictional realms as Westeros, Erewhon, Kreplakistan, and numerous locales from the TV series MacGyver (Gnubia, Kabulstan, et al.). But if you’re a nation-state that actually exists, you’re a shoo-in, like Kate Upton trying to get into a nightclub or a Kennedy applying to Harvard.

There are other, more exclusive organizations around the globe. Many are important, but most of them have fairly uninspiring membership requirements, too. The most common are regional outfits based on geography, such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the African Union, or the European Union. And there are plenty of economic clubs, such as OPEC and the G-8. Although the G-8 is essentially back to being the G-7 these days because Russia was kicked out, at least temporarily, for general evilness.

But evilness won’t get you kicked out of the U.N. Just ask North Korea. One need only review the repugnant record of the U.N. Human Rights Council (formerly the U.N. Commission on Human Rights), which for decades has served as a magnet for the world’s most vicious regimes. It’s a global version of what economists call “regulatory capture.” The worst offenders don’t want to be chastised by the agency, so they take it over. These Legion of Doom nations then spend most of their time condemning Israel as a way to pander to their domestic populations and take the focus off themselves.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationalreview.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: un; unitednations

1 posted on 07/25/2014 3:31:07 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

I think democracies naturally align themselves, its when they start making those alliances permanent and binding that we run into trouble.

Alliances should come and go with the best interests of the nations involved.


2 posted on 07/25/2014 3:38:40 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

A UN with standards!

Keep dreaming, Jonah.


3 posted on 07/25/2014 3:40:19 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Jack Hammer

Read on, Jonah is not talking about THIS UN but an alternative.


4 posted on 07/25/2014 3:43:47 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (If at first you don't succeed, put it out for beta test.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: SeekAndFind

He must be talking about an alternative UNIVERSE!


5 posted on 07/25/2014 3:45:54 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson