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Folkers Williams

Stellenbosch University

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Will borderless continents solve our economic crises or will they create more inequality? The world in a few decades...

The has been many debates on the effectiveness of the EU but what about a border less Europe, geographically. What about Africa run by the AU as a government? Or the BRICS countries forming a coalition to share resources, technology, power and space? Maybe this will be a reality in a few decades. What will the effects be if continents run as states? Will this create more opportunities or will it create more inequality? Should these countries be democratic or will the government be so big that socialism take its toll?

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    Jun 16 2013: From the question it sounds like when there was no economic crisis there was no inequality , which is not a reality. In our current economic model whatever irrespective of change in the geopolitical boundary concept , inequality will prevail . Moreover this current economical crisis also will be resolved without any change in geopolitical boundaries as it happened earlier as well.
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    Jun 16 2013: It is a bad idea as there would be a centralized government. Which leads to more oppression for the individual and less accountability for the goverment.

    Use the EU as an example and how Greece has exploited their situation. The EU will fail for these reasons.
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    Jun 16 2013: Our present international governance through UN is a political anarchy. Every nation has one vote and no nation has any ascendency on another nation as far as what is happening inside it's borders except soft pressure, economic sanctions and diplomatic persuasion. In the extreme cases where UN intervened militarily, I don't think there was much success. So a political international governance seems farfetched.
    The EU and other different nation groups like G8 or BRICS are results of economic sustenance. Such coalitions will work for a limited time and there will be some redistribution of resources but such interest groups will ultimately fail because the lack of symmetry in geo-local resources and how they are exploited is too great for such coalitions to function.
    In my opinion, only environmental concerns can see us through borderless continents. Whether or not we realize it, human resettlement is already taking place, we are seeing first climate refugees and this is bound to increase in future making international borders so porous that geo-political boundaries will lose meaning.
    I think the future political compass will swing towards a social-democratic order with social-market economies based on natural capitalism.
  • Jun 16 2013: Connected to a seamless economic society are more aligned world views on human rights, political ideals, and influence of religious beliefs.
    • Jun 17 2013: Even among the present countries, there are NUMEROUS CONFLICTS between or among various political parties, religious and ethnic groups, even rulers against citizens. To expect a harmonized union with no boundaries seems to be quite a remote dream to me.
      And look at the EU, it's just in name only, everyone is just do their own thing. And recently, the UN troops and UN workers were either driven out from places like Iran, Syria, North Korea etc. or being shot at, or even killed. That's the example/model for the so-called nation without boundaries will look like. By the way, even within the same country currently, do you want to live in Pakistan or Iraq where nobody knows when s/he will die from a car bomb or snipers on any given day. The killers may or may not be the Al Qaeda or Talibans, but also the Sunnis against the Shiites or vice versa.
      • Jun 17 2013: Not sure how we got to Iraq, but my answer to your question is NO.

        We might even be saying the same thing, hard to tell.

        My point is exactly that as long as the conflicts in ideology I identified exist, I do not believe a solution to the economic crisis by removing geographic borders will yield a solution.