The Right Coast
January 07, 2004
The United Democratic Nations
By Michael Rappaport
An interesting essay in the Wall Street Journal arguing that the United States should help to form and promote a Caucus of Democratic states that would exercise influence to promote democratic values at the United Nations. Here is an excerpt:
There are many reasons for promoting a separate United Democratic Nations (UDN). First, a UDN would allow democracies to have a stronger and clear voice than they do now. At present, the United Nations gives equal voting rights to dictatorships and democracies. Second, a UDN would weaken, and possibly lead to reform of, the UN. The pronouncements of the democratic nations would compete with those of the UN, and would have more moral authority, especially with the free peoples of the world. Such competition could lead the UN to be more open to reform or risk losing its influence. Third, a UDN would provide an additional incentive for states to become democratic. It would draw a clear line between democracies and less legitimate states, and by treating the latter as lesser moral states, might help induce at least some of them to take the final steps necessary to becoming democracies.