Gallery of World Visionaries

asimovIsaac Asimov

Author and professor of biochemistry. Lived 1920-1992

“It is quite clear that as long as the nations of the world spend most of their energy, money and emotional strength in quarreling with words and weapons, a true offensive against the common problems that threaten humans survival is not likely. A world government that can channel human efforts in the direction of the great solutions seems desirable, even essential. Naturally, such a world government should be a federal one, with regional and local autonomy safeguarded and with cultural diversity promoted.”

 

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill

British Prime Minister, politician, statesman. Lived 1874-1965

“Unless we establish some form of world government, it will not be possible for us to avert a World War III in the future.”

 

 

Walter CronkiteWalter Cronkite

Broadcast journalist, TV news anchorman. Lived 1916-2009

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward a world government patterned after our own government… To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order. But the American colonies did it once and brought forth one of the most nearly perfect unions the world has ever seen.”

 

William O. Douglas

William O. Douglas

United States Supreme Court Justice. Lived 1898-1980

“World Federalism is an idea that will not die. More and more people are coming to realize that peace must be more than an interlude if we are to survive; that peace is a product of law and order; that law is essential if the force of arms it not to rule the world.”

 

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Theoretical physicist, Nobel Prize winner. Lived 1879-1955

“Mankind’s desire for peace can be realized only by the creation of a world government. With all my heart I believe that the world’s present system of sovereign nations can only lead to barbarism, war, and inhumanity.”

 

 

Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev

Statesman, former head of state: Soviet Union. Born 1931

“On today’s agenda is not just a union of democratic states, but also a democratically organized world community … An awareness of the need for some kind of global government is gaining ground, one in which all members of the world community would take part.”

 

Victor Hugo

Victor Hugo

Poet, playwright, novelist, statesman. Lived 1802-1885

“I represent a party which does not yet exist, the party of revolution, civilization… There will issue first the United States of Europe, then the United States of the World.”

 

Robert Muller

Robert Muller

United Nations Assistant Secretary General. Lived 1923-2010

“‘The absolute necessity to create a proper Earth government’ — we should inscribe this as the priority item on the agenda of world affairs.”

Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru

United Nations Assistant Secretary General. Lived 1923-2010

“‘The absolute necessity to create a proper Earth government’ — we should inscribe this as the priority item on the agenda of world affairs.”

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Philosopher, writer, and composer. Lived 1712-1778

“Realize this Commonwealth of Europe for a single day, and you may be sure it will last forever; so fully would experience convince men that their own gain is to be found in the good of all.”

 

Bertrand Russell

Bertrand Russell

Philosopher, mathematician, historian. Lived 1872-1970

“Science has made unrestricted national sovereignty incompatible with human survival. The only possibilities are now world government or death.”

 

Socrates

Socrates

Classical Greek Athenian philosopher. Lived c. 469 BC-399 BC

“I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the World.”

 

Alfred Tennyson

Alfred Tennyson

Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland. Lived 1809-1892

There the common sense of most shall hold a fretful realm in awe,
And the kindly earth shall slumber, lapt in universal law.”

 

Harry S. Truman

Harry S. Truman

33rd President of the United States. Lived 1884-1972

“It will be just as easy for the nations to get along in a republic of the world as it is for you to get along in the republic of the United States.”

 

Henry A. Wallace

Henry A. Wallace

33rd Vice President of the United States. Lived 1888-1965

“Continued anarchy among nations in the atomic age threatens our civilization and humanity itself with annihilation … The only ultimate alternative to war is the abandonment of the principle of the coercion of sovereigns by sovereigns and the adoption of the principle of the just enforcement upon individuals of world federal law, enacted by a world federal legislature with limited but adequate powers to safeguard the common defense and the general welfare of all mankind … Such a structure of peace through government can be evolved by making the United Nations an effective agency … Beyond an effective United Nations lies the further possibility of genuine world government.”

 

H. G. WellsH. G. Wells

Author. Lived 1886-1946

“Let us get together with other people of our sort and make over the world into a great world-civilization that will enable us to realize the promises and avoid the dangers of this new time.”