The Underlying Hope of International Trade
By. Raimondo Graziano
Throughout the history of economics and finances there have been times when the prospect of productive and fiscally sustainable tomorrow was assured. And at other points, that was far from the case. Oftentimes circumstances out of our control tend to find their way into the fabric of each and every individual’s lives. It does not matter if it is a short walk from your home, or halfway around the continent – circumstances of a governmental, political, social and economic nature tend to affect the majority of people. People in these troubled times look to institutions, agencies and bureaucrats for clarity, and sometimes they are able to help alleviate these issues. Other times it is intervention from the private sector that can help spur up a dormant, or rusty and slowing economic engine. Because of the issues of the past, many Americans are contented and secure in their belief in the promise of tomorrow. Although we must remain optimistic, it is important to note that although history does not repeat, it has a funny way of rhyming so to speak, and we must therefore learn from the lessons of yesterday to ensure our continued economic growth. We as Americans, and in a broader sense the world place far too much importance on the trivial matters of the state, and our nation, and our people, and our interests when in reality the ideas of nationalism and nativism and all these concepts as one are wildly outdated – perhaps at one time in history, the destinies of peoples and nations were wrapped up solely in the sphere of the singular state – but not any longer. The destinies and the fate of the world, of all the peoples of the world are inextricably linked and bound up with one another. We today are a true international community. Yet, we seldom see it as such. A common thread in history has been that of trade. It links us to faraway lands and places and to different cultures and peoples. This in turn causes a diffusion among men – we slowly overtime are becoming one. Though divisions persist, it has been trading and the progress of human ingenuity in regards to that very concept which have pushed the world to heights unforeseen in days bygone. The thread that unities us all is economics, class, and trade. One need only look to the European Union to understand the promise of such. The European project was at once started as an economic bloc, of the free passage of trade and goods, and resources. It was purely begun to promote peace amongst nations on the premise of trade amongst these nations1. Today, it is the closest the world has ever seen to a super-national above the singular state – enforcing laws, and regulations, policy, trade and travel amongst a wide and suffering array of people, cultures, lands and nations. And to think that only prior to inception the entirety of Europe was thrust in the course over fifty years two cataclysmic wars – not to mention the continents storied history of conflict. International trade plays an instrumental role in the economics of nations, and in the well being of states and their peoples – and it plays a vital role in the establishment of a more peaceful and united world2.
Through further economic integration we can assure a more peaceful and prosperous world for all individuals. The more tied up our economic business, and trade is the less likely we are to war with one another – as a single conflict could throw the whole of the world into utter disarray. The underlying hope of international trade is the prospect of the natural progression from sovereign governments into a more stable international federation of nation states working together to advance a collective economic interest that is just, fair and equitable towards all.
In lieu of nation states, a global body where all citizens are apart of a common brotherhood of man, who share in all the rights afforded under the charter of the United Nations, and with the backing of binding law, enshrined in law. The need for a greater expanded United Nations and an international parliamentary congress has been heightened intensely in the face of the perils we face in the twenty first century, and most importantly, in the next. A federation of states, similar to that of these United States, however, on a grand international weaving of the states of the world into one united body has been the ambition of the World Federalist Movement3, the ideal of the League of Nations, and the inevitable, and justifiable end for the United Nations.
The majority of people all around the world seek to live their lives for their families, and for the hope of both growing their own wealth and leaving opportunities for their children that they themselves would not otherwise have. There is great disparity in the living standards for the Western Nations of the world, and the developing world – a great deal of wealth and opportunity is simply not afforded to many nations and peoples across the world. A union, a federation of states internationally under binding international law would crush barriers to trade, mobility and be a central step toward the dire need for world peace. Peace has always been in the favor of the peoples of the world, but now more so than ever, as the question of our existence in the next fifty, hundred and with the optimism of human resolve, the next thousand years. We face crises today that find their roots throughout all of our history, and quickly and thunderously many of these questions are coming to a head. In other words, we are at the cliffs edge for this human project of ours.
Economic cooperation between nations lessens the risk of war, cooperation on human rights, the eradication of poverty, and the overall improvement of the lives of all persons cooperatively between the governments of the world under a binding supranational authority will indeed lessen the risk of war. The integration of our security forces into a world defensive arm will ensure the laws that establish peace remain enforced. An International Union of Labor representative of all workers ensuring and internationally normalizing equal pay, fair wages, and societal necessities in our ever-changing world. All these things and more, the limits of this system are only confined by a surplus or lack thereof of human imagination, ingenuity and spirit; the greater expanse of all that this ideology encompass can be a part of the next wave of international federalism, only through the expansion of our only truly democratic international body, the United Nations, can peace and stability and a sustainable future be secured for all coming time for all people now and forever.
- Anonymous. (2019, January 24). The history of the European Union. Retrieved from https://europa.eu/european-union/about-eu/history_en
- Harvard Hegre, John R. Oneal, Bruce Russet (2010, November 25). Trade does promote peace: New simultaneous estimates of the reciprocal effects of trade and conflict. Retrieved from https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0022343310385995#
- Anonymous. (date created unknown). The World Federalist Movement. Retrieved from http://wfm-igp.org/about/overview