Some of My Nation-State Posts

This is a collection of some of my nation-state posts for those who missed it:

The rise and fall of the nation-state model.

A recap of what the nation-state is and why it is collapsing.

Why did the nation-state educate everybody?

Why the nation-state was doomed from the start.

How we walked away from the nation-state.

If you are still hoping to preserve at least some vestiges of the nation-state, here are some practical things you can do.

What’s next after the nation-state? And Part II.

The worst-case scenario of the post-nation-state.

The death of nation-state is not all bad. Here is a positive side, kind of. And this is also sorta positive, maybe. Or not.

The costs of fluidity.

8 thoughts on “Some of My Nation-State Posts”

    1. // Muhammad, for his part, did not think the purported racism at the organization was pervasive but did feel the board’s racial makeup posed a cultural problem. “Because the board is as white as it is, people are not required to reflect on how their thinking or taste, or the ideas of narrative, are structured by their whiteness,” he said. “And it can isolate people of color.”

      Clarissa, as a literary critic, do you understand what is meant by “the ideas of narrative” being structured by race? Are they? I thought about African Americans writing in AAVE, but don’t quite a few white authors use local dialects too? Mark Twain did in “Huckleberry Finn” , and surely there are many more recent examples I’m unaware of.

      The ironic thing which stood out was the total elimination of critics of color from the board as the final result of this debacle: “only ten of the 24 board members remain. None are black. Only three black critics sat on the board to begin with, and all have stepped down.” Real racists wouldn’t be unhappy with this result.

      As for Alice Walker, if we’re going all woke, why should antisemitism be the one exception among worldviews deserving of cancellation?

      The article misleadingly describes Walker’s thought crime thus: “Walker publicly praised the writer David Icke, a proponent of anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.” One would be justified to imagine Icke (a suitable family name for this icky person) as a writer who also happens to be anti-Semitic but may be talented otherwise. I checked wiki and turned out all his books were anti-Semitic tracts:

      — Icke’s The Robots’ Rebellion (1994), a book published by Gateway, attracted allegations that his work was antisemitic. … It claims that a plan for world domination by a shadowy cabal, perhaps extraterrestrial, was laid out in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (c. 1897).
      Icke adds that the Protocols were not the work of the Jewish people, but of Zionists.

      — Icke’s next manuscript, And the Truth Shall Set You Free (1995), contained a chapter questioning aspects of the Holocaust … In the book Icke suggested that Jews funded the Holocaust by quoting and seconding Gary Allen’s claim that “The Warburgs, part of the Rothschild empire, helped finance Adolf Hitler”, as well as being accused of saying school should teach “the controversy about whether the Holocaust really happened”.

      — In The Trigger: The Lie That Changed the World – Who Really Did It and Why (2019), Icke writes that the official explanation for the September 11 attacks is false and are intended to cover-up the “massive and central involvement in 9/11 by Israeli government, military and intelligence operatives.”

      If you visit the wiki page, you’ll see how inventingly this person defends himself from accusations of antisemitism. An example:

      ” Icke declared that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is evidence not of a Jewish plot but of a reptilian plot. He also said, “the families in positions of great financial power obsessively interbreed with each other. But I’m not talking about one earth race, Jewish or non-Jewish.”

      This is so crazy that it’s comedy gold. Of course, many people thought Hitler was funny too till he raised to power.

      I remember Walker was against publishing the Hebrew translation of “The Color Purple”, but I haven’t thought it was that serious with her about Jews.


      1. David Icke, lol. Now we are getting somewhere.

        “Icke believes that an inter-dimensional race of reptilian beings called the Archons have hijacked the earth and are stopping humanity from realising its true potential. He claims they are the same beings as the Anunnaki, deities from the Babylonian creation myth the Enûma Eliš, and the fallen angels, or Watchers, who mated with human women in the Biblical apocrypha.

        He believes that a genetically modified human/Archon hybrid race of shape-shifting reptilians, known as the “Babylonian Brotherhood” or the Illuminati, manipulate global events to keep humans in constant fear, so the Archons can feed off the ‘negative energy’ this creates. In The Biggest Secret (1999), Icke identified the Brotherhood as descendants of reptilians from the constellation Draco, and said they live in caverns inside the earth”


        1. I don’t think Icke will be rising to power any time soon:

          “Wogan introduced the 1991 segment with “The world as we know it is about to end”. Amid laughter from the audience, Icke demurred when asked if he was the son of God, replying that Jesus would have been laughed at too, and repeated that Britain would soon be devastated by tidal waves and earthquakes. Without these, “the Earth will cease to exist”. When Icke said laughter was the best way to remove negativity, Wogan replied of the audience: “But they’re laughing at you. They’re not laughing with you.” The BBC was criticised for allowing it to go ahead; Des Christy of The Guardian called it a “media crucifixion”.

          The interview led to a difficult period for Icke. In May 1991, police were called to the couple’s home after a crowd of over 100 youths gathered outside, chanting “We want the Messiah” and “Give us a sign, David”. Icke told Jon Ronson in 2001:

          One of my very greatest fears as a child was being ridiculed in public. And there it was coming true. As a television presenter, I'd been respected. People come up to you in the street and shake your hand and talk to you in a respectful way. And suddenly, overnight, this was transformed into "Icke's a nutter." I couldn't walk down any street in Britain without being laughed at. It was a nightmare. My children were devastated because their dad was a figure of ridicule."


    2. Or departments of Spanish, German, French, Russian, etc.

      People in these fields aren’t complete idiots. They get it. But they are trying to justify it as a good thing.

      We are a profession that is arguing itself out of existence to make it easy for Google and Co to make money.


      1. // People in these fields aren’t complete idiots. They get it. But they are trying to justify it as a good thing.

        Because they understand nothing can be changed anyway and they don’t want their careers ended by Twitter mobs?

        Because they think it’s a right, moral thing to do?


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