The twenty-first century will witness an epic struggle between the forces of global governance and American constitutional democracy. Transnationalists in the United Nations and in the European Union, but more importantly among America’s leading elites, are seeking to establish a “global rule of law.” The more sophisticated transnationalists realize that their goal could be achieved only through America’s voluntary submission to global legal authority, presented to the American people in Orwellian fashion as “leadership” and “engagement.”
In Sovereignty or Submission, John Fonte reveals how this troubling and fast-rising movement aims to subordinate American sovereignty. The global governance movement does not seek legitimacy in democracy, but rather in its own partisan interpretation of human rights. The U.S. Constitution, globalists argue, must conform to “evolving norms of international law.”
The global governance project may be utopian, but the efforts to implement it constitute a very real threat to American democracy. As this movement spreads its influence over mainstream elite opinion, democratic decision making is likely to be increasingly curtailed—as it is today in the European Union. Whichever side prevails in the long run, the conflict between global governance and democratic sovereignty will be at the heart of world politics as far into the future as the eye can see.