Climate change is another great reason to strengthen the nation-state. I wish people thought more about things, I truly do.
“I want open borders and strong welfare” or “I want action on climate change but nation-states are racist so let’s ditch them” are internally inconsistent positions where one of the goals unavoidably demolishes the other.
I don’t understand how one could simultaneously be for aggressive action on climate change and against nationalism. People are mostly incapable of getting truly emotionally invested into concepts like “the planet” or “humanity.” Everybody likes them, or professes to, but there is no real, burning passion for them in the overwhelming majority of people. They don’t get warm-and-fuzzies when they see the planetary flag because it doesn’t exist and nobody put any work into making it meaningful. They don’t tear up when they hear the humanity’s anthem because there’s no such thing. There’s no such thing as planetary pride simply because there’s no other inhabited planet we are aware of.
In order for such a passion to arise, somebody would need to come up with a series of mechanisms that would create such an attachment. And who will that be?
But this has already been achieved for nationalist sentiments. And there is already such a thing as national governments. If you truly think climate change is an urgent issue, you can’t afford to wait for planetary solidarity to arise. This isn’t a complex idea. It shouldn’t be that hard to notice.