A Bureau of National Assistance -- By: Raymond L. Bridgman

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 070:280 (Oct 1913)
Article: A Bureau of National Assistance
Author: Raymond L. Bridgman


A Bureau of National Assistance

Raymond L. Bridgman

The existence of revolutions and rebellions in Mexico and other countries, with their evils, suggests the proposition here advanced for the establishment of a permanent world bureau of national assistance, whose reasons, purpose, and method are set forth.

We are apparently at the beginning of a revolutionary era for international relations. Its chief truth and its dominant force promises to be the absolute sovereignty of the united and organized political body of all mankind. In reconstructing force the new truth may be, to the present order of international politics, as revolutionary as the true theory of the solar system, putting the sun at the center, was to the old theories of cycles and epicycles of the heavenly bodies around the earth as center. It seems probable that the next few years will see so much distinct development of this new force that all the world will recognize it. When that stage shall be reached, the movement will advance with a better denned purpose and a more systematic method.

In this place the subject will be considered only in relation to the political revolutions and rebellions referred to, in view of the urgent need of promoting the progress of the nations without the slaughter, widespread suffering, commercial and

industrial disaster, international suspicion, apprehension and hate and the general hindrance to civilization which they cause. It is hoped to be demonstrated that the times are ripe for the promotion of this world revolution by the creation of a world organ to take cognizance of the evils noted and to formulate and apply remedies.

Though a majority of our people may not now realize it, yet the genuine government of all the world is in visible progress of development. Executive offices, officially established by representatives of all the world, are already serving all the world at the expense of all the world. Best of all these instances is that of the Universal Postal Union, which regulates, under powers conferred by all the world, the postal business of all the world, and the cost is shared according to proportions established by representatives of all the world, ratified by the governments of all the world. Other illustrations include the International Bureau of Weights and Measures, the bureau connected with the Hague Court of Arbitration, the sanitary bureaus at Vienna and Havana, the Wireless Telegraphy Bureau, the International Institute of Agriculture at Rome, and others.

The legislative department of the world seems to be developing through the Hague Conferences; for what they have done at their sessions of 1899 and 1907, so far as it has bee...

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