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Gordon Brown on global ethic vs. national interest

Posted by: Matthew Trost

Can the interests of an individual nation be reconciled with humanity’s greater good? Can a patriotic, nationally elected politician really give people in other countries equal consideration? Following his TEDTalk calling for a global ethic, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown fields questions from TED Curator Chris Anderson. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2009, July 2009, Oxford, UK. Duration: 17:11)

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Comments (4)

  • Mr H commented on Dec 2 2009

    I’d like to see changes in the way we approach politics, especially at the UN level. I don’t trust the ideas of the charismatic amateurs. I want my politicians to have a good all round knowledge of the way the world works before s/he is allowed anywhere near political office. And i’d like this verified, whether it be through, Proof of study, Relevant life experience or passing a test in ‘ethical standards & aptitude’ for politicians. Many of the worlds most serious problems, Wars, Starvation, Energy Crisis, Social Injustices, Rouge Dictators, Political Blunders. often have a common obstacle in the way of the global efforts needed for their solutions. Our Leaders & those who have the power to influence change are extremely inefficient in doing so, as they often lack the relevant experience & therefore are rarely on the same page to begin with. Its like attempting to build a house with random people, instead of employing a skilled team, just imagine the inefficiency & squabbling!

  • Mr H commented on Dec 2 2009

    I’d like to see changes in the way we approach politics, especially at the UN level. I don’t trust the ideas of the charismatic amateurs. I want my politicians to have a good all round knowledge of the way the world works before s/he is allowed anywhere near political office. And i’d like this verified, whether it be through, Proof of study, Relevant life experience or passing a test in ‘ethical standards & aptitude’ for politicians. Many of the worlds most serious problems, Wars, Starvation, Energy Crisis, Social Injustices, Rouge Dictators, Political Blunders. often have a common obstacle in the way of the global efforts needed for their solutions. Our Leaders & those who have the power to influence change are extremely inefficient in doing so, as they often lack the relevant experience & therefore are rarely on the same page to begin with. Its like attempting to build a house with random people, instead of employing a skilled team, just imagine the inefficiency & squabbling!

  • Mr H commented on Dec 2 2009

    I’d like to see changes in the way we approach politics, especially at the UN level. I don’t trust the ideas of the charismatic amateurs. I want my politicians to have a good all round knowledge of the way the world works before s/he is allowed anywhere near political office. And i’d like this verified, whether it be through, Proof of study, Relevant life experience or passing a test in ‘ethical standards & aptitude’ for politicians. Many of the worlds most serious problems, Wars, Starvation, Energy Crisis, Social Injustices, Rouge Dictators, Political Blunders. often have a common obstacle in the way of the global efforts needed for their solutions. Our Leaders & those who have the power to influence change are extremely inefficient in doing so, as they often lack the relevant experience & therefore are rarely on the same page to begin with. Its like attempting to build a house with random people, instead of employing a skilled team, just imagine the inefficiency & squabbling!

  • Bjarki Magnusson commented on Dec 1 2009

    Is this some kind of sick joke ? Letting this guy talk about ethics is hypocrisy !