End of nations: Is there an alternative to countries? | New Scientist

Een super interessante mustread, maar ga er wel even voor zitten. Online denken we vaak grenzenloos, maar in de offline wereld zijn grenzen steeds vaker een onhandig iets. Daarnaast zie je dat macht zich steeds óf globaal bundelt, of super lokaal. Hoewel ik je aanraad om het hele stuk ter inspiratie te lezen, heb ik 3 interessante fragmenten hier onder geplaatst:

“City and regional administrations often seem to serve people better than national governments. How, then, should we organise ourselves? Is the nation state a natural, inevitable institution? Or is it a dangerous anachronism in a globalised world?”

“Before the late 18th century there were no real nation states, says John Breuilly of the London School of Economics. If you travelled across Europe, no one asked for your passport at borders; neither passports nor borders as we know them existed. People had ethnic and cultural identities, but these didn’t really define the political entity they lived in.”

“Try, for a moment, to envisage a world without countries. Imagine a map not divided into neat, coloured patches, each with clear borders, governments, laws. Try to describe anything our society does – trade, travel, science, sport, maintaining peace and security – without mentioning countries. Try to describe yourself: you have a right to at least one nationality, and the right to change it, but not the right to have none.”

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