Facing Up to Fin De Siècle culture
We live in interesting times. The outgoing chief scientist Sir John Beddington warned that the rising demand for energy, food and water will create a perfect storm by 2030. Systemic monitory democracy and governance need to ensure that some users do not profit at the expense of current and future generations of life. This requires a different approach to praxis and a different architecture for governance and democracy. The chapter introduces the following questions: What is cosmopolitanism? What are the arguments and what is the evidence as to why sovereign states or global citizens should strive towards a more cosmopolitan approach towards democracy and governance? What organisations would be appropriate or viable to address social and environmental justice? What are the pitfalls? Volume 2 is devoted to addressing the ethical implications raised by these questions in more detail.