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2284 World Society

Iaian Vernier's Memoir

Seymour W. Itzkoff

2284: World Society, Iaian Vernier’s Memoir is a fascinating study of mankind. Written as a work of fiction, it looks at the human condition 200 years in the future. Predicting the outcome of today’s social policies, 2284 is a cultural anthropology study that adds to Itzkoff’s extensive writing on the topic. Iaian Vernier writes in 2284 of the revolutionary internationalism that has been established in Nairobi, Africa. He chronicles the disasters that almost destroyed the twenty-first-century world. He describes in anecdote and philosophical depth the new scientific and secular world that has been established to bring peace, equality, ethnic diversity and democracy to humanity, while scrutinizing the plans for demographic stability that will sustain humanity into the future. In the twenty-third century, the forbidden rationality of the scientific minds of the twenty-first century have been unleashed.
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Chapter 10. Goal of a Unified Humanity

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By the time the World Society bureaucracy was moved to Nairobi in 2200, the political/philosophical battle was over. Those who struggled intellectually in Geneva and even before for a world union, a political unification of all the folks, a world government on the planet with teeth, won out.

There were those who waved a flag of potential disaster, even a new coming of totalitarianism, if we went in the direction of political and social uniformity with military enforcement as the backup. It was not ‘remember the Maine’ as in the old United States’ imperialistic thrust but “’remember the League and the UN,’ both by the proponents and opponents of a tough love for humankind policy. To be truthful these controversies and debates must have made many an assured head spin around in doubt.

The unifiers countered with the other issues that were already being accepted as necessary policy on this planet. First, we needed to get the population down. By mid-twenty-second century it had fallen from a peak of around 8 billion to somewhere between 5 and 6 billion. Many numbers were passed around as a potential goal. Most felt, considering our natural resource depletion, that it had to decline to around or below what the world population was c. 1900, 1.8 billion people.

← 63 | 64 →Considering the conditions of humankind, c. 2170–2200, many felt that any world organization had to have teeth given the perennial tendency of humans deciding precipitously to...

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