Five or so years ago, I wrote at length on this blog about the coming disempowerment of the nation-state model of governance. Everybody thought I was a lunatic when I said that the nation-state and its institutions are withering away. And not because there’s an evil conspiracy but because that’s what people overwhelmingly want. It’s not good for them. The future they are ushering in will not be kind to them. But they will still insist on doing it.
Now we are seeing that this is exactly what’s happening. “Defund police” isn’t a plot by a few rich evildoers. There are real crowds who are really clamoring for it. There are even bigger crowds who sit vapidly by, not caring much. And there’s nothing the mayors, the governors, or the president can do. They don’t have the legitimacy needed to send the troops against the looting bastards.
Philip Bobbitt warned in The Shield of Achilles that once the nation-state institutions lose their legitimacy, it will all be about who can afford to live in a gated community and hire a private little security troop.
Only a few years later, this is exactly what we are seeing. The people who kept assuring me that the nation-state should go because that will do away with violence were already granting legitimacy to the new order.
This is the post-national world. Raging, looting, violent crowds, and the elites egging them on like Roman nobles egged on gladiators in the circus because it’s funny to see the dumb bastards pummel each other.