The free-market case for world government

(in five bullet points)

• The sine qua non of free market economics is secure property rights.

• The likelihood of severe and potentially catastrophic anthropogenic climate change is in part a consequence of our inability to enforce any right to protection from the harm to life and property caused by the cross-border impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

• A secure regime of property rights requires enforcement and (in the long run) legitimacy.

• The existence of cross-border impacts requires the cross-border reach of enforcement and legitimacy.

• This implies a relatively strong version of world government.

What could be clearer?

–Paul Baer ([email protected])

Atlanta GA, USA