Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Naming a New Era: the new middle ages

From Indonesia to Scotland, and from the former Soviet Union to southern Africa, the process most characteristic of our age is political splintering, decentralization, even disintegration. Hardly a month goes by without some new state appearing on the map. And political transformation extends far beyond government. Each time a new user acquires a TV dish or links up to the Internet, the nature of politics undergoes a subtle change. Each time a new international organization arises, more states find themselves caught in its coils. The splintering process has led to vast increases in the power of organizations other than states, such as multinational corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and the media. With each passing day these groups are a little more independent of government. With each passing day, the influence they exercise in world affairs grows.
Well, there's one fine thing you can say
about those groups. They don't have The
Bomb, don't build prisons at Guantánamo
and don't run off whacking strangers in far
off lands.


Ripped from chumpfish