1958. End of the nation state.

Another serious article that needs to be considered.


The nation state arose as a response, the Tretay of Westphalia, 1648 I think,  to the mainly dispersed wars in Europe of the 1400-1600’s. But the solution made each king an autocratic, especially with religion. The wars since can be attributed to the weaknesses in that arrangement, which created local identities rather than European ones, And so here we are.

What is at stake here and in the 1997 post is the fate of state consortia to deal with climate change or corporate consortia to do the same. Both are weak. Is the California experience providing hope that instead of either states or corporations moving toward a  solidly authoritarian consensus, can we get a more democratic response that can still deal with climate change?

These are in response to the important book

Climate Leviathan: A Political Theory of Our Planetary Future

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