Over the past 200,000 years, mankind has gone through three main stages of political organization — “Tribes, Kingdoms and Nation-States,” wrote author and libertarian philosopher Doug Casey in a recent article published on internationalman.com.
Tribes began in pre-historic times and were comprised of people who were mostly genetically related and essential for survival in the wilderness. As populations grew, people started living in towns and relying on agriculture instead of just hunting and gathering. Eventually, the tribes dissipated and were replaced by kingdoms.
Kingdoms organized the world’s cultures “under strong men, ranging from petty lords to kings, pharaohs, or emperors.” People living during this time were subjects of the king no matter what, with any kind of linguistic, ethnic, religious or other affiliations as secondary considerations. But eventually, people started accumulating capital and knowledge. Major events including the Renaissance, the American Revolution and the French Revolution, empowered people to accumulate more knowledge and personal freedom.
Then entered what we have today – the Nation-State. In this type of organization, people tend to share the same language, religion and ethnicity. When organized as a “democracy,” this idea is particularly effective, as people feel like they have a say in where the organization is going. Technology, knowledge and personal freedoms have enabled this institution to flourish to today.
However, Casey writes in his article that he believes we are now at the cusp of another change.
“Just as the agricultural revolution put an end to tribalism and the industrial revolution killed the kingdom, I think we’re heading for another multipronged revolution that’s going to make the nation-state an anachronism,” Casey wrote.
He writes that this change won’t likely happen next month or next year, but predicts the “pattern will start becoming clear within the lifetime of many now reading this.”
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