- 28 Mar 2017 10:32
I would in theory, and I think we are part way there.
First of all, I think there is a natural progression to states... starting at villages to cities to city states to kingdoms to empires to nations to alliances (NATO/WP/EU etc, the next main step being the AU, whose time will come, I think)
Anyway, what I mean about it being in motion is that our economies are incredibly interconnected. While it isn't the same as a unified government, it does severely impact most decisions made. Adding onto that the rapidly broadening access to free information - not just form the internet but radio etc - we become a more global culture, or at least are exposed to and nomalized in disparate countries instead of having a kind of block from seeing them at all, like we saw though most of history; you had to trust the few sources you had, and those were largely government, military, or colonial. Now, it is so hard to avoid that that nations are struggling with how to deal, as we see with China and Russia, primarily.
I think we will arrive there without realizing it. I don't think it will be exactly a unified government, but we'll be so tied up it is unavoidable to make policy without regarding everyone connected.
The UN experiment has failed on large parts of its platform, succeeded in others, but I think is very flawed (vetoes, putting terrorists on humanitarian boards, etc) and should be largely replaced by continent bodies like the AU and EU.
All of this is just my opinion, and at that it is more of a hypothesis, I haven't put actual research time into it.
Oh, forgot one important point - the environment. This is really the first time in history that the domestic policies of one country can drastically effect not only the neighboring countries, but the continent and even the planet. States have to be responsible for that, it is a shared burden. This is something I *have* actually studied, and we have to be careful. Simple issues are like one country damming a river and screwing everyone who counted that... further are terraforming projects that led to things like the Aral Sea and encroaching Sahara (both largely manmade events).
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