Brave New Transnational Progressive World
It’s coming — if only Americans will submit to ‘global authorities.’


Clifford D. May

Fonte devotes an entire chapter to Israel, a subject on which the Islamists and the transnationals also find common ground. Israel, he writes, has become “the major target of transnational progressives who seek to expand global authority in determining the laws of war. If international-law precedents could be established against Israeli security policies, these precedents could be used later to subordinate U.S. defense policies to global law as defined by the transnationalists.”

Factions of the movement, including such major philanthropies as the Ford Foundation, such leading NGOs as Human Rights Watch, and sectors of the European Union, are “complicit in the worldwide Islamist campaign to delegitimize Israel as an apartheid state through the ‘boycotts, divestment, and sanctions’ strategy.” Fonte observes that Israel “is the most vulnerable of the world’s independent democracies, often targeted by the global governancers as a surrogate for the United States or for the independent democratic state generally.”

The dream of transnational progressives, Fonte concludes, is for Americans to embrace “the brave new world of global governance,” to voluntarily agree to “share” sovereignty with others, and to demonstrate “leadership” by submitting to a “supranational global legal regime. In effect, the American caterpillar is transformed into a global butterfly.”

Do any of the candidates running for office in 2012 understand this? Do any have the skills required to make it an issue — to ask voters whether they want to preserve what Alexis de Tocqueville admiringly called America’s distinctive “sovereignty of the people” or whether they would prefer to share sovereignty with others around the world, including dictators and Islamists?

My guess is that most Americans — by no means all — do not want to submit, do not want the 21st century to be a post-democratic and post-American era. But with an election year coming up, now would be a good time to begin the debate and find out.

— Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on national security and foreign policy.