Monday, October 03, 2005

"Fantasy" world government 

While you're thinking about something serious like the World Series or last night's episode of "Desperate Housewives," the BBC has been polling 15,000 people around the world and asking them who they would like to lead a "fantasy" world government. That the BBC would characterize a world government as a "fantasy" rather than a "nightmare" is troubling enough, but the list of winning candidates to lead the world sends shivers down one's spine:
1 - Nelson Mandela
2 - Bill Clinton
3 - Dalai Lama
4 - Noam Chomsky
5 - Alan Greenspan
6 - Bill Gates
7 - Steve Jobs
8 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu
9 - Richard Branson
10 - George Soros
11 - Kofi Annan

Below the top 11 (which the BBC put into a handy table, stretching, line Spinal Tap, for that last bit of noise in its listing of Kofi Annan) the world's great unwashed preferred poverty and failure to the current American president.
US President George W Bush was placed 43, ranking below two of his fiercest adversaries on the world stage, Fidel Castro - 36th - and Hugo Chavez, 33rd.

Like, how come Kim Jong-il didn't make the list?

President Bush at least finished ahead of Osama bin Laden (70th), which is gratifying since more than half the people who took this online poll came from the United States. That Noam Chomsky came in fourth suggests that there is no small sampling problem, but that should give us cold comfort. A better sample would have undoubtedly moved bin Laden far up the list.

Via Charles Johnson, who observed that "we're doomed."


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Oct 03, 08:25:00 AM:

lol ... "fantasy" is right. We have a UN as at least a governing body for the world's ills, and a history with the folks on this list.

One has to wonder if a follow on survey would determine that people were goofing around when responding.  

By Blogger cakreiz, at Mon Oct 03, 10:29:00 AM:

Is this like fantasy football? Peyton Manning, Noam Chomsky and a future draft pick to be named later?

You can't tell me that 15,000 people knew who Noam Chomsky is. 15,000 bored political bloggers? Yes. 15,000 ordinary folks? No way.  

By Blogger Charlottesvillain, at Mon Oct 03, 11:41:00 AM:

Shocked and dismayed that Jimmy Carter did not make the list. Or Sean Penn for that matter...  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Mon Oct 03, 02:53:00 PM:


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