In their words
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We are in the midst of a great transition from narrow nationalism to international partnership. - Lyndon B. Johnson
"Sept. 11th must spur us to launch a new era of American internationalism. Let's not squander this opportunity." - Robert Kagan, January 2002
"There is a higher form of patriotism than nationalism, and that higher form is not limited by the boundaries of one's country but by a duty to mankind to safeguard the trust of civilization." - Oscar S. Straus
"As long as the child breathes the poisoned air of nationalism, education and world-mindedness can produce only rather precarious results. As we have pointed out, it is frequently the family that infects the child with extreme nationalism." - Sir John Huxley, father of the U.N. education program
"It is, if people will but think steadfastly, inconceivable that there should be world control without a merger of sovereignty, but the framers of these early tentatives toward world unity have lacked the courage of frankness in this respect. They have been afraid of bawling outbreaks of patriotism, and they have tried to believe, that they contemplate nothing more than a league of nations, when in reality they contemplate a subordination of nations and administrations to one common rule and law." - H.G. Wells, The Salvaging Of Civilization
"We are at present working discreetly with all our might to wrest this mysterious force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local nation states of the world. All the time we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands." - Arnold Toynbee, "The Trend of International Affairs Since the War", International Affairs, Nov 1931
''I think the subject which will be of utmost importance politically is mass psychology. ... Various results will soon be arrived at [including] that the influence of home is obstructive ... in time anybody will be able to persuade anybody of anything if he can reach the patient young and is provided by the State with money and equipment. ... Although this science will be diligently studied, it will be rigidly confined to the governing class. The populace will not be allowed to know how its convictions were generated. When the technique has been perfected, every government that has been in charge of education for a generation will be able to control its subjects securely without the need of armies or policemen. ... Educational propaganda, with government help, could achieve this result in a generation. There are, however, two powerful forces opposed to such a policy: one is religion; the other is nationalism.'' - Bertrand Russell, 1953, The Impact of Science on Society
"Born in iniquity and conceived in sin, the spirit of nationalism has never ceased to bend human institutions to the service of dissonance and stress." - Thorstein Veblen
"The root of the problem is very simply stated, if there were no sovereign independent states, if the states of the civilized world were organized in some sort of federalism, as the states of the American Union, for instance, are organized, there would be no international war as we know it...The main obstacle is nationalism." - Norman Angell
"It is our clear duty to strain every muscle in working for the time when all war can be completely outlawed by international consent. This goal undoubtedly requires the establishment of some universal public authority acknowledged as such by all and endowed with the power to safeguard on the behalf of all...." from Vatican II document, 'Pastoral Constitution On the Church In the Modern World', 1965
"�You are an old man who thinks in terms of nations and peoples. There are no nations! There are no peoples! There are no Russians! There are no Arabs! There are no third worlds! There is no West! There is only one holistic system of systems, one vast immanne, interwoven, interacting, multi-variate, multi-national dominion of dollars���It is the international system of currency that determins the totality of life today��There is no America. There is no democracy. There is only IBM and ITT and AT & T and Dupont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the Nations of the world today��..We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations��our children, Mr. Beale, will live to see that perfect world in which there is no war and famine�.one vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit�..all necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused." - from the movie 'Network', 1975
"The old order passes from view; the new world rises upon our vision....We have vindicated the right of social control....There must be developed a national spirit of service....Society must break the stranglehold of capitalism....The natural resources of the nation must be socialized....The state must socialize every group....Men must learn to have world patriotism. World patriotism must be a faith....There is no more justice for the claim of absolute sovereignty on the part of a nation than on the part of an individual....The only alternative is World Federation...with a world parliament, an international court, and an international police force....Men must have an international mind before there can be a world federation. They must see and affirm that above the nation is humanity. Internationalism must first be a religion before it can be a reality and a system." - Samuel Zane Batten, 'The New World Order'

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