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Post Has the UN Outlived its Usefulness?
Created by John Eipper on 03/01/14 2:00 PM

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Has the UN Outlived its Usefulness? (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 03/01/14 2:00 pm)

The UN, much like the IMF and the World Bank, was established in 1944 and financed by the US, the only country at that time with the resources to host and put these institutions together.

The UN Charter includes Article 109, which calls for its own performance review every ten years. This has never been done. And this is where the problem is--the mother of all too big to fail, and no way to jail (diplomatic immunity).

My impression is that the UN was created by the US Congress at the height of WWII to shift away from isolationism for a $9 billion dollar annual fee. We have to look at the formation of these institutions from the point of view of a racist and intolerant US Congress, when African-Americans were not even allowed to vote, the Philippines was left to their devices and the mercy of the oligarchs, and Martin Luther King Jr. was just 15 years old.

Fortunately or unfortunately, globalization came along. As in the cases of the IMF and World Bank monopolies, globalization shows how the US Congress failed to put any oversight on the UN. Another wanton waste of US taxpayer money. Social networks are beginning to show how the checks and balances in Washington DC have become ineffective as well.

With all the funds the US has spent on the IMF, World Bank and the UN since 1944, we should be living in a global paradise. These global organizations need to be reformed, rivaled or replaced, starting with Washington DC, which I believe has too much global influence and not enough understanding of the consequences of their decisions.

JE comments:  Can someone tell us more about the decennial UN performance review?  Has it been abrogated, or simply forgotten?

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