Party & International Politics
IT IS common nowadays to hear the world described in images suggesting that it has grown smaller: a global village; spaceship earth. A succession of sages discover that we are become interdepen- dent. (Among the first of these were Marx and Engels, who used the term in the Communist Manifesto.)
Less common, but nonetheless re- current, is the observation that while the world may be growing smaller, there is also a sense in which it is becoming more complex, inasmuch as the number of nation states which are recognized members of the international community has grown very considerably in only half a century. Forty-one states started the League of Nations, with a handful of defeated powers temporarily excluded. Fifty-one states started the United Nations, again with a handful of powers temporarily in limbo. But by now membership of the UN has already reached 147 and seating is to be provided for 165.
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