In short, the nation state is the best arrangement we've come up with.
Of course each nation looks after itself but what I want is for nations to have mutually beneficial relationships and business deals.
If you think there is a better arrangement than the nation state, please describe and give an example.
The conversation is really thought provoking. For a while at work l am going to reflect on this statement, luhe.
I agree with the initial remark that nation states are the best we’ve come up with...at least they are what dominates in the power play of humans.
But -and l do not want to derail the thread- Brexit represents the struggle of a people to declare a limit to being absorbed into ( essentially) a larger nation/state, the EU. The idea of sovereignty within a workable area, one that has a sense of self, one that resists being absorbed by powers distant and even ignorant if not uncaring of their unique lives seems good to me.
Size counts. And that may be the problem we are really dealing with in the propaganda mills that grind out The narratives for the good guys and the bad. Edit:Having good news ported in from vast distances allows for a lot of “creations”
The US is a huge nation state that is struggling to hold its people together yet it clearly has been interfering with the autonomy of other nations. And in the midst if this Britain remarkably, to my off shore understanding, has filed for her human independence from “bigness” She wants to sort out intra-national problems such as cultural/racial/religious norms within her region. She is simply limiting the interference from abroad. I am a Yank and may be way off base but there it is my thought.
I submit that go finding a way to limit the geo/political regions of concerns allows any person a greater degree of voice in his/her life. Doesn’t it stand to reason that the sovereign will of a people is vastly diminished as each voice gets shrunk into parts per million?
Frankly, the US is struggling with the mechanics of 50 states growing within a nation. The population has mushroomed so that the work of democratic rule is clogging up. And it has been so easy in this growing chaos of government for the Big Money to slide in, grease the palms and run the country—and as much of the world as it can buy.
Now to Yemen. It is a civil war. It IS even more complex than the complex story you told , luhe. But here is one observation made that is over all true:of the US sticking its big fingers into too much of the Middle East with the result it has overextended itself and is messing up it every direction. And it often is at cross-purposes with any supposed goal because of the complexity. Unfortunately it’s motives are not complex. It wants power and money. In this what you state
what I want is for nations to have mutually beneficial relationships and business deals.
now this l think maybe every one who has posted will agree upon.
As for the rest of your comment- what other better arrangement than the nation state? -I am watching Brexit for some of that answer.
Big may be better....but how big. And why?