Peter Ustinov and John Anderson Urge World Government
WELLESLEY, Mass. (AP) _ Groups led by Academy Award-winning actor Peter Ustinov and former presidential candidate John Anderson are plotting world government - a goal they say is not far-fetched.
Ustinov is president of the World Federalist Movement, an international group that wants to transform the United Nations into a powerful federation able to protect the environment, end war and curtail international terrorism.
″It’s an inevitable end,″ Ustinov said Friday. ″If all goes well, it’s a logical ending to a long road of intolerance and battle and all sorts of wretched things in the past.″
Ustinov, who is British, met at Wellesley College with other members of the group and its sister organization in the United States, the World Federalist Association. He and Anderson, head of the U.S. group, planned lectures this weekend on ″Human Rights in the New World Order.″
Ustinov, an actor, director and producer who won Oscars for his roles in ″Spartacus″ and ″Topkapi,″ said the idea of countries and citizens sharing responsibility on a global level intimidates some countries.
″The British are very close to frightened of it,″ he said. ″They think they’ll lose their identity.″
Anderson, who received 6 million votes for president as an independent in 1980, said the organization’s goal is not all that far-fetched.
The group may suggest images of people wearing ″beanies with the propellers on top from outer space,″ he said. ″We’re really a conservative group. We just think that the only way to achieve world peace is through a world government.″
Both groups were founded in 1947 in Asheville, N.C. The U.S. organization, based in Washington, has nearly 10,000 members and chapters in more than 80 cities. Twenty countries are represented in the international group, which is headquartered in Amsterdam.