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Accuracy in Media

Category: Sovereignty

Forget about Sovereignty

“A system of world order – preferably a system of world government – is mandatory. . . The proud nations someday will see the light, and, for the common good and their own survival, yield up their precious sovereignty.”

- Walter Cronkite


Sovereignty does not relate to borders.

“[O]ur accepted definition of the limits of national sovereignty as coinciding with national borders is obsolete.”

- Jessica Matthews , Spring 1989.


Nations should give up sovereignty.

“The proud nations someday will see the light and, for the common good and their own survival, yield up their precious sovereignty, just as America’s thirteen colonies did two centuries ago.”

- Walter Cronkite , 1996.


Sovereignty is obsolete.

“The time of absolute and exclusive sovereignty . . . has passed.”

- Boutros Boutros-Ghali , June 1992.


Part of the U.S. belongs to Mexico.

“I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders.”

- Ernesto Zedillo


Banishing sovereignty.

“We are at present working … with all our might to wrest this mysterious political force called sovereignty out of the clutches of the local states of the world. And all the time, we are denying with our lips what we are doing with our hands.”

- Arnold Toynbee


Sovereignty is not good.

“Nationhood as we know it will be obsolete, all states will recognize a single, global authority . . . . [N]ational sovereignty wasn’t such a great idea after all.”

- Strobe Talbot , July 20, 1992.


Nationhood should end.

“It is a legitimate American national objective to see removed from all nations — including the United States — the right to use substantial military force to pursue their own interest. Since this residual right is the root of national sovereignty and the basis for the existence of an international arena of power, it is, therefore, an American interest to see an end to nationhood as it has been historically defined.”

- Walt Rostow


Teachers must change attitudes and values of students.

“Every child in America entering school at the age of 5 is mentally ill because he comes to school with certain allegiances to our founding fathers, toward our elected officials, toward his parents, toward a belief in a supernatural being, and toward the sovereignty of this nation as a separate entity. It’s up to you as teachers to make all these sick children well — by creating the international child of the future”

- Chester M. Pierce , 1973.


Give up sovereignty and strengthen the UN.

“It seems to many of us that if we are to avoid the eventual catastrophic world conflict, we must strengthen the United Nations as a first step toward world government . . . and [empower] police to enforce its international laws and keep the peace. . . . To do that, of course, we Americans will have to yield up some of our sovereignty. That would be a bitter pill. It would take a lot of courage, a lot of faith in the new order.”

- Walter Cronkite , 1999.