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How wikileaks is a foreshadow of the stateless nation

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The author Neil Stephenson, in his book diamond age explores the notion that the nation state will become irrelevant and that people will group together on the basis of culture.

Wikileaks is a spy operation funded by wealthy liberals from around the world who wish to have deeper access to corporate and government secrets.

In the past, only a nation could afford such an operation, and only a could provide justification for the “righteous” acquisition and utilisation of such material.

Of course, Al Qaeda is also a stateless cultural unit with global tentacles, but it is simply a precursor, a rough attempt.

What is infinitely more interesting about wikileaks is that it is making a mockery of the laws of the state, and abusing the artifice that is the global legal system, while informing it’s cultural affinities just how entrenched, corrupted, duplicitous, and idiotic are the state laws and institutions we venerate. 

We now see clearly how Amazon and Paypal obey government orders.

We now see how our own laws can be used against us in trumped up cases.

We now see how our politicians justify assassination to cover up their secrets.

We see from those secrets how trivial, petty, and simple are those in upper echelons of power.   We clearly see that nation states do not operate on a more advanced level than squabbling cousins interested in each others dirty secrets and fighting for grandmother earths inheritance money.

Frankly, I have more trust and confidence in the people behind wikileaks than I do in my own governments.   At least they don’t pretend to know what is best for me, lie to my face, then compel me with brute force and threats to obey even when I don’t agree.

The end of the nation state won’t come easily.

First we will be confronted by the monster of a global state run by a corrupt oligarchy using their wealth and corporations to influence nation states and the people within them.

Then we will have only the corporations themselves as unique operators able to provide for their employees in the way if a nation state.

The tesco and apple village….

But there are principles of humanity which can bind deeper than simple basics of life, and those will form the genesis of the cultural units which coalesce human energy in the future.

Some will be racial expat communities, others will be religious, and yet others elk be bound by ideas, others will remain commercial, and in that new world, we will need a new framework for interacting.

Shamefully, it won’t be any less peaceful, but we will have more choice of where we belong.

And some of those communities will be truly horrible, like paedophile collectives,  but may be allowed to survive on the basis of live and let live….

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Written by rexinfinite

December 7, 2010 at 5:04 pm