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"A World State"

"IT seems to me very odd that internationalists, who rebuke the narrowness of national things, seldom sympathize with really international things. Thus the man who is always hoping that a Europe without flags or frontiers will exist in the future, is quite annoyed to discover that a Europe without flags or frontiers really existed in the past. He wants to get nearer to a World State and he hates the nearest that the world ever came to a World State—the Roman Empire."

~G.K. Chesterton: The Glass Walking-Stick and Other Essays from the Illustrated London News 1905-1936.

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