ERIC Number: ED215935
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
The Struggle for a Just World Order: An Agenda of Inquiry and Praxis for the 1980's.
Mendlovitz, Saul H.
One in a series of working papers commissioned by the World Order Models Project, this essay suggests directions for thought and action relevant to the evolving struggle for a just world order. The first and most important need is to combine a struggle theory of history with traditional world order inquiry, visioning, and politics. We must blend the more traditional perspective of world order, which emphasizes formal global organization and the prevention of war, with the perspective of those who are engaged in the daily struggle against oppression. The second agenda item for discussion and action is demilitarization and alternative security. We need to create a strategy of inquiry which finds linkages among war, imperialism and local authoritarianism and identifies targets for political action which will dismantle the present system. A third cutting edge of world order thinking has to do with the notion of global culture and global civilization. The foundations of political and moral order must be reviewed during this transition period from Western-dominated nation state systems to a global community. The fourth agenda item stems from the notion of a global civilization: to think, feel, and act as a global citizen is essential to world order. A fifth agenda item is the local-global relationship. Just world order inquiry needs to engage in a more penetrating analysis of the term "local," including an assessment of preferred approaches to the local/global connection. Two final areas of inquiry which should receive a high priority are human governance and world authority. (RM)
Descriptors: Activism, Disarmament, Discussion, Global Approach, International Relations, Peace, Power Structure, Social Action, Social Change, World Affairs
Institute for World Order, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY 10017 ($2.00, 5-25 copies, $1.50).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: World Order Models Project.
Authoring Institution: Institute for World Order, New York, NY.
Identifiers: World Order