One World, Democracy, and Governance


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One World, Democracy, and Governance
In advancing a theory of ethical governance, Peter Singer’s One World (2004) is concerned with establishing a direct connection between democracy and legitimacy. Without legitimacy, he argues, a government cannot be treated as an ethical actor by its peers; for example, an illegitimate government “would not be accepted as having the right to sell its country’s resources, any more than a robber who overpowers you and takes your watch would be recognized as entitled to sell it” (p. 101). The existence of democracy is, for Singer, a proxy for legitimacy, the hallmark needed for countries—and, over time, multilateral entities—to engage in ethical interactions with each other.
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.....ho have sex before marriage) are non-democratic, then it is an act of blatant sophistry to designate a government that supports its citizens’ commitments to such practices as democratic. Enlightened despotism is ethically preferable to such self-damaging, anti-democratic practices.
If there is no innate link between democracy, legitimacy, and ethics, then it is not a prerequisite for the one world to be built out of democratic countries. While Singer is correct that we must achieve “a sense that we really are one community” (p. 7) for the one world to come about, he is wrong to argue that democracy is what will give us that sense.
Singer, Peter. (2004). One world: the ethics of 
globalization. New haven, CT: Yale University Press