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Introduction

The idea of world government has long, albeit thin, roots in political thought. According to the compendium compiled by Edith Wynner and Georgia Lloyd entitled Searchlight on Peace Plans: Choose Your Road to World Government, published by E. P. Dutton in the war year of 1944, some notable historical figures are to be found among those who envisioned a unifying political authority over and above the nations. In their section “There Is Nothing New under the Sun-Old Plans to Unite Nations Dating from 1306 to 1914,” Wynner and Lloyd include, among many others, Dante Alighieri, Desiderius Erasmus, Pope Leo X, Hugo Grotius, William Penn, Jeremy Bentham, Immanuel Kant, Thomas Paine, Czar Alexander I, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Simón Bolívar.1