The Development of a World-State along the General Lines of the Development of the Nation-State

In order to obtain clues about the possible development of a World-State from the current status of independent nations vying with one another for predominance, access to resources and markets and a dominant role in the direction taken in the world, Sri Aurobindo bids us view the rise of the nation-State as a form of governance.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “If the principle of the World-State is carried to its logical conclusion and to its extreme consequences, the result will be a process analogous in principle, with whatever necessary differences in the manner or form or extent of execution, to that by which in the building of the nation-State the central government, first as a monarchy, then as a democratic assembly and executive, gathered up the whole administration of the national life.  There will be a centralisation of all control, military and police, administrative, judicial, legislative, economic, social and cultural in the one international authority.  The spirit of the centralisation will be a strong unitarian idea and the principle of uniformity enforced for the greatest practical convenience and the result a rationalised mechanism of human life and activities throughout the world with justice, universal well-being, economy of effort and scientific efficiency as its principal objects.  Instead of the individual activities of nation-groups each working for itself with the maximum of friction and waste and conflict, there will be an effort at coordination such as we now see in a well-organised modern State, of which the complete idea is a thoroughgoing State socialism, nowhere yet realised indeed, but rapidly coming into existence.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Ideal of Human Unity, Part Two, Chapter 26, The Need of Administrative Unity, pg. 227