Magazine article The New American

A Book and Boundaries

Magazine article The New American

A Book and Boundaries

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Despite much denial, there is a long history of groups trying to establish world government. Now the evidences is listed by a proponent of world governance.

World Federalism 101, by Rick Biondi and Alex Newman, self-published via Create Space, 2014,212 pages, paperback. (To order, see the inside back cover.)

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Anyone familiar with the political beliefs of Rick Biondi and Alex Newman would likely be surprised --perhaps even astonished--to discover that they've collaborated on a book about the Atlantic Union and global governance. Yet there their names appear, as the coauthors, on the cover of World Federalism 101.

Alex Newman is not only a foreign correspondent for The New American, a publication that, like its parent organization The John Birch Society, stands firmly against submerging the United States in supranational or world government, but Newman himself has written myriad articles warning against the plot to commit merger. On the other hand, Rick Biondi is a former executive consultant for the Association to Unite the Democracies (AUD), an organization devoted to transforming the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) into a full-fledged political union of the United States and Europe.

So why the surprising collaboration of Biondi and Newman on World Federalism 1011

Newman answers the question in the introduction, which was his principal contribution to the book. "I have my own thoughts on all of this, and so does Biondi," Newman explains regarding the eye-opening contents of World Federalism 101. "We certainly do not agree on everything, and we disagree on plenty. I still view the United States and its founding documents and principles as key to preserving freedom, while Biondi seems to me more open to the idea of ceding some sovereignty and transnational federalism provided liberty is always respected." However, Newman adds, neither his opinion nor Biondi's matters so far as the book's contents are concerned because "what is contained ... is simply facts and history. What it means and how it should be addressed is up to each individual--up to you. First learn the facts, and then make up your own mind about them. Biondi's book will help you do that."

It certainly will. The book is comprised of a five-part chronology about the Atlantic Union and world federalist movements throughout the 20th century and into the 21st. Each part is interspersed with key documents and quotes that tell the story in the words of the global architects themselves. The quoted material is extensive, and the chronology serves basically to provide historical context for the documentation, the bulk of which is drawn from the Congressional Record. This makes the book particularly valuable as a history of the Atlantic Union and world federalist movements in the U.S. Congress, though the scope of the book is not limited to this.

Biondi, who prepared the chronology, presented the documentation matter of factly, without making his own personal views obvious to the reader. The result is that World Federalism 101 reads like an appendix, chronologically outlining the history and facts of the movements for both world and transatlantic government. Biondi's objective writing makes the book a useful reference tool for both proponents and opponents of these movements.

Let us now survey some of the quoted material in the book. Consider, for one example, this statement supporting the concept of Atlantic Union:

   It is fitting that the United States, the
   world's first truly federal government,
   should be a main force behind
   the effort to find a basis for a broad
   federation of free Atlantic nations.

That statement was made by Richard Nixon on September 1, 1966, two years before becoming president of the United States. Although he described the federation of Atlantic nations as being "free," it is also clear that he envisioned a transfer of political power to the Atlantic Union, based on his comparison of this confederation to the United States. …

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