By Hans Kung
Because the 20th century attracts to an in depth and the push to globalization gathers momentum, political and monetary issues are crowding out important moral questions about 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 arrival international society. How can the hot international order of the 21st century keep away from the horrors of the 20th? Will international locations shape a true neighborhood or proceed to aggressively pursue their very own pursuits? Will the Machiavellian methods of the earlier succeed over idealism and a extra humanitarian politics? What position can faith play in an international more and more ruled through transnational firms? K?ng tackles those and lots 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 complete ethic based at the bedrock of mutual recognize and humane remedy of all beings that will surround the ecological, felony, technological, and social styles which are reshaping civilization. If we will have an international economic climate, an international know-how, an international media, K?ng argues, we should also have a world ethic to which all international locations, and peoples of the main diverse backgrounds and ideology, can devote themselves. "The world," he says, "is not likely to be held jointly through the Internet." For a person fascinated about the realm we're growing, an international Ethic for international Politics and Economics deals equivalent measures of trained research, compassionate foresight, and clever advice.
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To this degree - for all the essential differences - there is a fatal continuity in Prussian-German history: from Frederick II, through Bismarck and Wilhelm II, to Adolf Hitler. The Great German historian Theodor Mommsen, who won the Nobel prize for literature, is right about the internal situation in Germany when he argues that Bismarck The Old Real Politics Again? 27 'broke the spine of the German nation': 'The damage of the Bismarck period is infinitely greater than its usefulness, since the gains in power were achievements which were lost again in the next storm in world history.
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The glorious reign of the 'Sun King' ended ignominiously: a quarter of a century of almost uninterrupted wars and unprecedented waste led to a decline in the population, impoverishment and state The Old Real Politics Again? 19 bankruptcy (a state economy overdrawn by around eighteen budgets), to which the people of Versailles responded by throwing stones at Louis' coffin at his funeral in 1713. And neither Louis XV nor Louis XVI had the political and moral strength to change the social power structures which had been established by Richelieu and which had already become untenable under Louis XIV.
A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics by Hans Kung