The International Problem of Governing Mankind

The International Problem of Governing Mankind

The International Problem of Governing Mankind

The International Problem of Governing Mankind

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These addresses were delivered by Professor Jessup as the eighth in an annual series of lectures conducted by the Associated Colleges in Claremont. Their terse freshness adds much to the thoughts of those who are concerned with world organization. To the man of action, the chance to read through and think over these pages may be worth more than several hundred pages of erudite details.

Professor Jessup does not run around or away from problems, but takes pleasure in considering some of the more difficult ones. He considers carefully but rejects as now impractical the often expressed desire for a world government, based upon an assembly of the peoples, not the governments, of the world. He puts the veto power of the United Nations Security Council in a more favorable light than usual when he points out that it is a very natural holdover from the previously accepted rule of unanimity in international conferences, and that the use elsewhere in the United Nations of majority rule represents a great step forward in international affairs. He considers carefully and rejects the contention that a world organization must guarantee the democracy of its members as do the American and Swiss federations.

Nor does his thought lack up-to-dateness. He does not hesitate to comment directly and critically upon what may be called the method of the Truman Doc-

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