Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: serialised in quotes XX:  Why the UK is going against history in contemplating leaving the EU.

 

As the 21st century unfolds, nationalism is fast losing ground. More and more people believe that all of humankind is the legitimate source of political authority, rather than members of a particular nationality, and that safeguarding human rights and protecting the interests of the entire human spaces should be the guiding light of politics.

The appearance of essentially global problems, such as melting ice caps, nibbles away at whatever legitimacy remains to the independent nation states. No sovereign state will be able to overcome global warming on its own.

States are increasingly open to the machinations of global markets, to the interference of global companies and NGOs, and to the supervision of global public opinion and the international judicial system.

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2 thoughts on “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind: serialised in quotes XX:  Why the UK is going against history in contemplating leaving the EU.

  1. Although on logical terms I agree with your point of view, we needd to consider also the hearts of people. I think there is some truth in the expression “small is beatiful”, people need some sort of community to belong to, and at least at present that community can not be the world at large or EU for that sake, it is too large and artificial. We need to find a way that preserves small conmunities without generating hate to others and without precluding collaboration with others. A book by Simone Weil, “Roots” is a very good insight into this problem.

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  2. If you haven’t a;read read it, try Henry Mintzberg’s Rebalancing Society. This expands on your piece above – the difference between what is brought to people and planetary survival by the public sector, the private sector and what he calls pluralistic sector (third sector,civic society – i.e you and me…)

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