The Guardian: Demise of the Nation State

Nation states are losing influence, contends Rana Dasgupta for the Guardian, and the political systems are obsolete for confronting modern challenges that are either focused and local or global in nature. Systems based on borders struggle to deal with complex companies, technologies, immense wealth and social movements that no longer respect borders. “Exhaustion, hopelessness, the dwindling effectiveness of old ways: these are the themes of politics all across the world,” he writes. “This is why energetic authoritarian ‘solutions’ are currently so popular: distraction by war (Russia, Turkey); ethno-religious “purification” (India, Hungary, Myanmar); the magnification of presidential powers and the corresponding abandonment of civil rights and the rule of law (China, Rwanda, Venezuela, Thailand, the Philippines and many more).” Fierce nationalism, power grabs and extreme policies are last-ditch attempts to revive relevance, but populist and authoritarian methods do not satisfy for long by masking difficulties, fueling fragmentation while failing to achieve global approval or solutions. Political innovation operating at broad scale, regional or global, perhaps societies of nations, is required to overcome moral decay, inequality and international lawlessness. Dasgupta calls for global financial regulation and tax innovation, global flexible democracy, and new conceptions of citizenship. For globalization to serve all, he writes, “it must be subordinated to an equally spectacular political infrastructure, which we have not even begun to conceive.” – YaleGlobal

The Guardian: Demise of the Nation State

After decades of globalisation, the national political system has become obsolete – and spasms of resurgent nationalism are a sign of the irreversible decline
Rana Dasgupta
Friday, April 6, 2018

Read the article from the Guardian about globalization, the decline of the nation state, ineffective governance and the futile and last-ditch efforts of nationalism. 

© 2018 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved.

Add new comment

Plain text

  • No HTML tags allowed.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.