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Does the world really need nation states?

Research as global warming have gone truly global; companies work internationally; capital circles the globe 24/7...
Why do we need nations and limit people by their nationality?
Richard Dawkins promotes a sort of militant atheism but stops short of promoting a logical consequence: real globalism at people's level.
Has the time come for a global people's revolution?
Nations are just a consequence of beliefs that, in many instances, are intimately linked to the idea of some theism or another. Kings, queens, dukes, angels, saints are just the offspring of religious ideas.

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    Apr 16 2013: No, we don't ned nation states. They are a hold over from an obsolute feudal system. I think that we can, and will ultimately have, one world government ruled by the people for the people. Thanks to the internet, we can all be heard, en mass.

    The problem is that the political groups have the money and the weapons. Freedom from the status quo can only be found by standing together.
  • Apr 16 2013: Try living someplace outside a nation state. If that is even possible, history suggests to me that you will soon be living in a nation state. I have seen people who did not like living in incorporated areas and did what they wanted there.
    The conversations as a lawyer that I would have with these people would be " his 10 pit bulls ate my 8 Rottweillers........." or maybe it went the other way.
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      Apr 16 2013: Thank you for your comment though I must admit that I do not quite understand what you mean. I intrigues me that nation states do create the law free zones, i.e. the torture chambers in Guantanamo Bay. Successive Australian governments have excluded various islands and reefs that are otherwise claimed as part of the Australian territory from the "migration zone".
      What nation states are needed if we cannot get rid of this concept? Nations like the Vatican, Monaco, Liechtenstein or Southern Sudan?
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    Apr 16 2013: We certainly don't all live in one big village but we all share one planet.
  • Apr 16 2013: "Think global, act local" is what we are told.
    The world is so vast; so diverse than we think.
    The media might have created the impression that we are now one global village with everybody thinking the same way, but the fact that an Australian is on Facebook, chatting with a kid in South Sudan, does not mean they value the same things. Locational specificity makes the challenges, the experiences and the ideology different.

    So, yes, dont be decieved. We need nation states. Unless we want a really confused and unstable world.
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      Apr 16 2013: As much as I appreciate your comment, I do not understand your reasoning. Perhaps the world needs tribes. But nation states are merely a toy for megalomaniacs.