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2013-02-27 11:43:49 AM  
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The UN has many agencies which do important work, often quite competently. Being a member of these agencies is almost obligatory unless you are an outlaw nation, like North Korea. They regulate commerce, safety, the environment and a lot of other things through multilateral law and regulations. They make the world not only a little better, but possible. Until the globe becomes one giant empire, or even after that eventuality, the UN is what we have got to work with.

Despite its political flaws and traditions of nepotism and corruption, the UNO is a useful organization for multilateral communication and action.

Although it is the bête-noire of many conservatives (and radicals, and liberals, and theists, etc.), it sanctions the military operations and interventions that they so love, and the permanent members consist of the very countries that most disparage the institution, allowing them to have their cake and drink your milkshake too.

As Nietzsche put it, "we moderns must learn to wash with dirty water". It is a pragmatic political decision to stick with the UN. There simply isn't anything better to do various things (for good and for evil, with or without the approval of various stakeholders) and there isn't likely to be, because like the League of Nations which preceded it, the UN is a creature of its creators--the powers that be, the nations which are its members.

The only way to fix it would be to be better countries and better people and not pursue our perceived advantage undemocratically, selfishly, hypocritically, and the public good only when it suits us.

In other words, the UN would both need more and less power. It would need more and less politics. It would need more and less truth-speaking and straight-dealing. It would need more and less military authority and action.

It has been mathematically proven that the qualities that are desirable in a good government can not be maximized together. There are trade-offs. Trade-offs is the business of politics and politicians, and nobody is ever happy with a fair and balanced result--most of the time you can feel relatively confident that justice has been served if everybody is equally unhappy with the result and they all think they have either put something over on the others or else have been robbed.
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