Bill ClintonBill Clinton, [William Jefferson Blythe III] (1946- ), 42nd US President

Bill Clinton Quote

“There are a lot of very brilliant people who believe that the nation-state is fast becoming a relic of the past.”

Bill ClintonBill Clinton
~ Bill Clinton

New York Times, November 25, 1997

Ratings and Comments

Bill Thomas, Baltimore

The fact is that the nation state is becoming the Leviathan that rules all aspects of American life. Many Americans today do indeed prefer security over freedom and the government or nation state is happy to provide this illusion of security at the cost of personal freedom.

Dick Trice, Fort Worth

Only uneducated or unintelligent people think the world can continue without relinquishing national sovereignty.

Carl, Irving

There are a lot of elitist, educated stupid, people who mindlessly pursue globalization in an effort to create Shangri-La on earth but will only achieve wars, chaos and global impoverishment, simply because the world is not ready to unite.

Jimmy, Satsuma

Yes. Hitler was one of them, and Mao, Pol Pot, Stalin, Hillary, ...ooops! Of course, if you're wealthy, one of the cultural elite, socialism doesn't sound so bad, but if you are one of the peasants, it has it's draw backs. He had as much business being president as I have doing surgery!

Dougmcr8, Springfield, VA

Baltimore Bill is right and Texas Dick is wrong. What's worse, however, is that Arkansas Bill wants to be the first president of the United States of Earth.

Logan, Memphis, TN

Umm... do we realize that the United States is not classified as a "Nation-State"? A "nation" is defined as a group, culture, or society with a common language, religion, belief, etc. A "state" is defined as a specified geographic area with a centralized and sovereign political governing body that is recognized by other states. Now, some nations are also states; we call these "nation states." Germany, for instances, is a culture or society that can be defined by a distinct and strong central language that is different than all other languages outside its specified geographic boarder that has a sovereign and centralized political system. Germany is a nation state, as is France, Switzerland, Japan, and every other "state" that has a unique language and culture separate from all other states. The United States, however, is not specified as a "nation," because our central language is not unique to us, nor is it the only language our "state" uses (remember: Press "1" for English, and Press "2" for Spanish). Nation States can theoretically exist within a one world government -- it all depends on how they structure it. It's too ambiguous to know what Clinton is really saying. As a known globalist, we can pretty much guess, right? Such a statement, while sad, is not, by definition, describing America.

J Carlton, Calgary

And there are a lot of very free thinking people who think "Screw you Bill". Personally I'd prefer a world without the Clintons and all other globalist politicians. Free people don't need them round here anyhow.

jim kilpstrick, austin,tx

This statement is correct but that doesn't mean that it is right. If it means that the US will become part of a one world government, then God help us. Naturally , this would be run by that bunch of thugs known as the United Nations.

Mike, Norwalk

'Brilliant', does not infer correctnes, morality, or anything good. Many politicians are brilliant liars, war / hore / hate mongers, and perfected in the art of deception. Dick of the borg above was almost correct; the world can not continue on its current course without relinquishing national sovereignty freedom, liberty, and prosperity..

E Archer, NYC

Thumbs down for whatever this is an argument for -- glo-BILL-ization. The Teflon president strikes again with brilliant liberal-speak. What he really means is that there are a lot of people who consider themselves brilliant enough to decide the fate of a nation.

My Name, Your Town,USA.

I agree with this quote but why is it so? I say that we are responsible for the worlds we create. For the governments we create. If the time has come to disband our current system and replace it with The System That Was Intended To Be There Since July 4,1776, count me in!

warren, olathe

He considers himself to be one of those brilliant people. He probably expects to be the one in charge of the one world government. Good quote.

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AJ    11/22/08
Eduardo, Rio

Clinton uses the term 'very brilliant', but this is a euphemism that the Elite use to describe themselves, none of whom have ever been brilliant - or they would not prognosticate that the concepts of freedom, as espoused by the American founders of their Nation-State, are dead. The concept of personal liberty has been around for longer than the written word has, and the idea that people need to be managed like cattle while the self-appointed managers accord liberty only to themselves, has historically always had the same result: the managers end up facing a guillotine, with their mouths still full of cake. it happened as recently as Ceseascu of Romania. The peasants then get on with being carpenters and farmers. 'Elitist' thinkers are stupid without exception, and stupid is as stupid does.

Mike, Norwalk

Specifically to the quote, I don't know that there is enough context to really focus in on what he is talking about. Is that because he is a Luciferian with communistic administrative tendencies  all nation-states devolving to anarchy?

Felipe, São Paulo

Even here, we have some of those "brillants" deffending a world "order"? Please, sign me off from this ride. No thanks, I rather have my politicians as close as possible so I can scream/slap/hang/guillotine them whenever they become evil. The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen. Or else, the bigger the gov, the farther its rulers are from its citizens. A global govern would never be peaceful or of great prosperity, no. It would become quickly and awful dictatorship, one very hard to fight against, but nevertheless people will fight it daily. The in-fights within the gov and its members would soon replace our wars too, and not to any improvement. Corruption and stifle of free speech would be daily routines.
Bill is right, in a sick way, however, by saying that the nation states are overdue. The well of progress wants to keep churning and needs to eat those up next, since now our tech no longer needs them. But this is not a good thing. This future we march to is not to be desired, but to be fought. We still have other options.
And by the way, we could get rid yes of nation-states, but I prefer to replace them for regional states then a global one.

Denise, Durango

Globalism is Satan's own design...and Slick Willy Clinton along with the rest of the self enriching traitors to this nation are his little demons. To destroy individual sovereignty, personal choice, freedom, especially religious freedom, take away personal rights, tell you what you can and can't have, destroy the right to self defense, limit income, establish a dictatorship wherein a few self important "we know what's best for all" deluded "elites" believe they and they alone know what's best for all.
Socialism doesn't and never has worked, accept perhaps for the lazy, cowardly and unimaginative. Only fools buy into this destruction. North Korea, China, Russia, North Viet Nam etc...take your pick. The only difference between socialism and communism is; socialism is death by suicide. Communism is death by firing squad. Unfortunately too many are "too busy" to protect a Constitutional Republic, it takes diligence and knowledge..."oh let someone else do it, isn't that why we elect representatives"? Indeed and this all goes down to to the fiction that  "people are really good by nature... it's 'society' that creates the problems"...HUH?? Who is this magical "society" made up of? Flawed, self serving PEOPLE!


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