May 25, 2014
Now May Be Internationalism's Golden Age
Doug Saunders, Globe and Mail
The Associated Press
We need a word to describe the dark mood, felt by many, of loss of hope for the world. The German Weltschmerz (world-weariness) almost covers it, but perhaps stronger: Welt-Verzweiflung (world-despair) – that feeling that the biggest challenges we face are global in nature, beyond the control of mere citizens or nations, yet that nations have become so unco-operative, disorganized and combative, their international institutions so impotent and dysfunctional, that there is no chance of solving anything.