Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Good-bye Nation-State, Hello City-State?

"The 21st century will not be dominated by America or China, Brazil or India, but by the city," argues Foreign Policy's Parag Khanna — Beyond City Limits. "In an age that appears increasingly unmanageable, cities rather than states are becoming the islands of governance on which the future world order will be built," the author continues. "This new world is not -- and will not be -- one global village, so much as a network of different ones."

(I'm not sure how much credence we should give to Mr. Khanna's futurism, given his gross ahistoricism: "It's worth remembering that only in Europe were the Middle Ages dark -- they were the apogee of Arab, Muslim, and Chinese glory.")

Of local interest, also from FPSeoul, One of the World's 10 Major Cities. And since such lists are always fun, this, from another rag — Korea ranks 15th in the ‘World’s Best Countries’.

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Blogger love the girls said...

Well they're not exactly to human scale, but they are a movement in the right direction away from the more distended leviathans roaming the landscape.

they're also a reason to be hopeful because reduction to humans scale is essential to avoiding the cataclysm just over the horizon.

3:51 AM  
Anonymous Pints in NYC said...

A return to the polis, eyh?

I wouldn't mind NYC declaring its independence - from the state at the very least ;wink wink:

8:12 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

l.t.g., yes, a step in the right direction. Would rural locations become mere fiefdoms of sorts?

Pints, many of us Upstaters would like to secede from the City, as well! To be honest, most people from the Buffalo area have never been to NYC. (I myself only visited their twice.) Toronto is much closer, and I can't count the number of times I've been there.

10:42 PM  
Blogger love the girls said...

Western Confucian writes : "Would rural locations become mere fiefdoms of sorts?"

Sure. With the cities fighting it out with each other over who controls which fiefdom.

11:16 PM  

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