WORLD VISIONARIES

Historic leaders who believed in a world united as one

HALL OF WORLD VISIONARIES


ALBERT EINSTEIN

Theoretical Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner (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.”

ISAAC ASIMOV

Author and Professor of Biochemistry (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.”

SOCRATES

Classical Greek Athenian Philosopher (469-399 BC)

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

BERTRAND RUSSELL

Philosopher, Mathematician, Historian (1872-1970)

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

H. G. WELLS

Author (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.”

JEAN-JACQUES ROUSSEAU

Philosopher, Writer, and Composer (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.”

ALFRED TENNYSON

Poet Laureate of Great Britain and Ireland (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.”

VICTOR HUGO

Poet, Playwright, Novelist, and Statesman (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

United Nations Assistant Secretary-General (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

Prime Minister of India (1889-1964)

I have long believed that the only way peace can be achieved is through world government.

WINSTON CHURCHILL

British Prime Minister, Politician, Statesman (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.”

NELSON MANDELA

Anti-apartheid Revolutionary, Politician, Philanthropist, President of South Africa (1918-2013)

“The New World Order that is in the making must focus on the creation of a world of democracy, peace, and prosperity for all.”

WILLIAM O. DOUGLAS

United States Supreme Court Justice (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.”

HENRY A. WALLACE

33rd Vice-President of the United States (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.”

HARRY S. TRUMAN

33rd President of the United States (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.”

WALTER CRONKITE

Broadcast Journalist, TV News Anchorman (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.”

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.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Baptist Minister, Activist, Civil Rights Leader (1929-1968)

“If we are to have peace on earth… our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe, our class, and our nation; and this means we must develop a world perspective.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Civil Rights Leader (1869 – 1948)

“The future peace, security, and ordered progress of the world demand a world federation of free nations, and on no other basis can the problems of the modern world be solved. Such a world federation would ensure the freedom of its constituent nations, the prevention of aggression and exploitation by one nation over another, the protection of national ministries, the advancement of all backward areas and peoples, and the pooling of the world’s resources for the common good of all.”