A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics by Hans Kung

By Hans Kung

Because the 20th century attracts to an in depth and the frenzy to globalization gathers momentum, political and fiscal issues are crowding out very important moral questions on the form of our destiny. Now, Hans K?ng, one of many world's preeminent Christian theologians, explores those matters in a visionary and cautionary examine the arriving worldwide society. How can the hot international order of the 21st century steer clear of the horrors of the 20 th? Will international locations shape a true group or proceed to aggressively pursue their very own pursuits? Will the Machiavellian methods of the earlier be successful over idealism and a extra humanitarian politics? What position can faith play in a global more and more ruled by way of transnational organizations? K?ng tackles those and plenty of different questions with the perception and ethical authority that comes from a lifetime's devotion to the quest for justice and human dignity. Arguing opposed to either an amoral realpolitik and an immoral resurgence of laissez faire economics, K?ng defines a entire ethic based at the bedrock of mutual recognize and humane therapy of all beings that will surround the ecological, felony, technological, and social styles which are reshaping civilization. If we'll have an international economic system, a world expertise, an international media, K?ng argues, we should also have a world ethic to which all international locations, and peoples of the main various backgrounds and ideology, can devote themselves. "The world," he says, "is unlikely to be held jointly through the Internet." For somebody occupied with the area we're growing, an international Ethic for international Politics and Economics bargains equivalent measures of knowledgeable research, compassionate foresight, and clever advice.

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Instead of that, it would be desirable for them to learn from Kissinger's analyses and ask themselves some fundamental critical questions about a 'New World Order' (the title of Kissinger's first chapter): • Should politics and ethics in principle be separated, and ethics always be subordinate to politics, its effectiveness and efficiency? • Should ethical criteria hold for the choice of political ends and indeed means, or can the good political goal if need be also justify immoral means? • Is a realistic policy conceivable but not a realistic ethics, and is therefore the conflict between realist politics and moral claims incapable of resolution?

In fact already at that time the unprecedented catastrophe for humankind represented by 1914-1918 had prompted the call for a new paradigm of politics. At least the beginnings of a new orientation had become visible. 1. An attempt at a new politics: Wilson As early as 1917/18 a new world order was called for, as we saw, by Woodrow Wilson, the President of the United States. But surely Wilson, some 'realists' comment mockingly today, was a hopeful-hopeless 'idealist'! However, it is worth making a critical investigation.

Wilson's conviction was that states and their governments simply could not go on like this. ' Is that why Henry Kissinger, who trusts in the methods of the past, speaks so badly of Wilson? (2) Justice for friend and foe: 'What we demand in this war, therefore, is nothing peculiar to ourselves. It is that the world be made fit and safe to live in; and particularly that it be made safe for every peaceloving nation which, like our own, wishes to lead its own life, determine its own institutions, be assured of justice and fair dealing by the other peoples of the world as against force and selfish aggression.

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