I have felt for a long time now that the optimal functioning of nation states has passed. However, unlike globalists I do not believe in a one-world government as that would be the least common denominator of everything that is wrong with any concentration of power. Adam Greenfield has come up with what he calls The minimal compact: An open-source constitution for post-national states. Those who caught on to the potential of networks early on saw their disruptive potential to the existing power base. Networks are inherently decentralized and hierarchy flattening. They tend to level the playing field and enhance the democratic process. So far though, this promise has yet to be realized to its full potential, but I believe it is inevitable and ultimately necessary if we are to survive the accelerating rate of technological and societal change we are experiencing.
From Adams introduction:
In recognition of the apparent inability of nation states to adequately address and provide for human goals and desires in the twenty-first century, and anticipating that if anything this situation will only worsen, it is desirable to begin thinking about alternatives to this obsolescing structure.
Of interest are alternatives that are designed from the beginning to:
- Ensure the greatest freedom for the greatest number, without simultaneously abridging the freedoms of others.
- Permit individuals with common goals and beliefs to act in their own interest at the global level and with all the privileges afforded nation states, even when those individuals are separated by distance.
- Provide robust resistance to attempts to concentrate power, and other abuses of same.
This paper is intended to sketch, however schematically, just such an alternative.