Can states command the loyalty of their inhabitants? This is a question many states have struggled to answer both in the developing and developed world. I use this as a curtain raiser to the relevance or irrelevance of the concept of a state or states for that matter.
The genesis of modern day states can be traced back thousand of years to the birth of modern civilisation. A time when human beings gathered into communities as an insurance of ‘staying alive’ in a dangerous and precarious world arounf them at the time. Gradually these communities grew larger and eclipsed larger and ever larger expanses of territory as discoveries were made, a renaisence that made life easier.
In that newly found bubble of safety and security, humans were now masters of their own destinies in a way, nologer exposed to the vagaries of the laws of the wild. With more advances in science, this was further stratified.
But with such pockets of civilisations came the need to ensure the peaceful co-existance and respect of interests of individual civilisations. The world around humans has always mirrored the inner desires, values and one can say the flaws within the human design. As ways of governing become more structured with time, greed for power and authority took over as a few benefactors of the status quo wanted to strengthen their hold on the various pockets of civilisation under their dominance.
Fast forward to the modern 21st century, not much seems to have changed over the milleniars- a few have always sought dominance. Many theories and explanations as well as studies have been carried out to explain the modern status quo as it is but they are no different from what was the case milleniar ago. We’ve only found ever more complex terms to explain the obvious.
With that back drop, I wonder whether the modus operandi needs a complete overwhale. Papers in support and against it have been instituted and published in equal volumes filling shelves of libraries around the world. However, it all boils down to one question: Are modern states still relevant?
Looking at the pockets of unrest and disenfranchisement that have erupted arounf the world in the form of uprisings like the so called Arab spring, wars between nation states only for their inhabitants to suffer for ‘interests’ that are secret and only understood by the elite of those establishments. It’s pathetic to say the least.
As human society has advanced, pockets of civilisation have gradually lost their appeal and have found ever limited space to encourage their existence and that has come with it’s own benefits like freedom of travel, habiting other parts of the world as spelt out by the human rights upheld by all member states of the United Nations. I approve of some and disapprove of others but that for another day. Because of this wave of globalisation that has and is taking shape, more and more pockets of nations dotted along side each other as soon to loose their relevance and embrace the widely upheld values of humanity.
Just like all things in life, there is an opposite equal to this trend of civilisation. A few majority will now make the decisions on behalf of abillion minority and this is nothing to be embraced. It’s evident in the many inequalities among the world population as evident in the rising income inequality between the world’s poor and rich. Certainly, many other less publicised inequality do exist.
It appears that is the price modern civilisation has to pay to be released from the control of the various pockets of existence and embrace the little more freer global civilisation with even more restrictions. The tide is high, it’s pointless to resist.