As we enter a time of deep confusion and uncertainty across the globe, not everything is in flux. Certain facts remain solid. We live and shall continue to live in a world of just over 190 nation states. The economic crisis has once again shown that the essential decisions remain with national governments, however often they confer. The main decisions of international institutions only become possible when nation states agree.
The nation states are immortal and incompetent. Immortal because they are based on the stubborn and continuing loyalty of the citizen, which makes them reluctant to pool authority. Incompetent because none, not even the most powerful, can by itself meet the needs and wishes of its citizens.… Seguir leyendo »