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Clements: Global Realism in the Post Nation-State Era

July 18, 2011

The human race is reaching a political breaking point across the globe. For our entire history, we have relied on political nation-state’s to protect our natural rights. They have ensured everything from fear of foreign invasion to domestic security. This was a time when humans were too primitive to acknowledge the concept of thinking about ourselves not as separate ‘races’ or ‘ethnic origins’ but as a species fighting for its right to survive on this planet. It used to be necessary for massive navies, air forces and land forces to fight it out for who would win control of human progress (or lack thereof).

We have seen this evolution blossom in different distinct, yet closely related historical epochs ranging all the way back to the ancient civilizations which produced some of the most important historical structures we still revere today. In the age of polytheism, feudal and dynastic hierarchies most effectively maintained order and stability. The Greeks, Romans and other ancient African civilizations developed complex theories on mathematics and stellar cartography which advanced our understanding of the physical world and our place in it.

Next came monotheism and the fall of theRoman Empire. Western civilization suffered a major setback, plummeting into the dark ages as the Mesopotamian, Mayan, Incan and other North American native cultures reached their zenith, constructing large, geologically amazing structures, such as Machu Picchu, situated on top of a mountain range. In the Western world, human progress was delayed until the enlightenment, at which point human understanding of the physical world was catapulted to levels never previously thought imaginable. We continue that progress today, at a faster pace than ever before, accelerating at a rate like never before.

We are no longer disparate tribes with totally different cultural and religious backgrounds. We are continuously coming into closer and more direct contact with peoples our parents and grand parents generation may very well have been terribly afraid of and prejudiced towards. We are living next to people of all shapes, sizes, sexuality and colour. We are realizing that where you are born or what you believe is no longer justification for actions which contradict basic human justice. Humans are not so slowly realizing that the plight of an Egyptian isn’t too different from the plight of any other human throughout the world seeking freedom from oppression.

Yet as we become increasingly connected, increasingly dependent on the other, can we seriously afford to have our current socio-political system continue? Can we honestly lay back and have faith in political power struggles which result in endless land and resource grabbing? Never-mind ‘sustainable energy’ what about a sustainable human race? Can we actually maintain this pace of consumption, waste, repeat?

But its now time to come back down from the idealistic clouds and describe an instance which screams insanity. Yesterday, the news network Al-Jazeera released an article citing a former head of the Israeli Security Service, known as the Mossad, who claimed that he is convinced that Israel is planning to bomb Iran in the fall. Ben Caspit of the Israeli daily paper Maariv explained that Meir Dagan, a former Mossad chief, believes the Netanyahu government is recklessly leading its country to war. His opinion is important, because the former Mossad chief is widely regarded as a rightwing militant conservative. As the article states “In short, while Congress dutifully gives Netanyahu 29 standing ovations, the Israelis who know the most about both Netanyahu and Israel’s strategic situation think he is a dangerous disaster”.

The fine details of the matter are almost irrelevant to the point that this kind of thinking, this behaviour as a human race is going to lead us to destruction. We have the capability with nuclear weapons to quite literally destroy the world over as many times as we like. Are we going to be as lucky the next time a Cuban Missile Crisis arises? Is small-scale nuclear warfare an option? What happens when the worlds natural water supply reaches dangerously low levels? Where will humans go when we have sufficiently destroyed this planets natural ability to provide for us as a species?

Enough with my wishy-washy, pseudo-new age crap. What I’m trying to convey is a feeling Apollo 14 Astronaut Edgar Mitchell had when he finally reached the moon: “You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it. From out there on the moon, international politics looks so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.”

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Semi-troll permalink
    July 18, 2011 7:04 pm

    Probably the best article i’ve read on the site. Amazing quote at the end, but im interested in one thing. Clearly you acknowledge that humans are indeed somewhat faulty and self interested but you believe we are becoming less so? And what, in your opinion, should replace the nation-state in the new sociopolitical paradigm. Personally recognizing that corruption is simultaneous with power, i tend to believe a unified system of global governance seems harmful to the progress of humanity.

  2. anonymous permalink
    September 16, 2011 12:39 pm


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