World War Zero is as good a name as any. Umair Haque’s question was are we preparing for war? There really is no doubt of that but we can argue over the type of war and its extent. We can begin the endless round of miscommunication on the causes and placing the blame but that is simply illustrating the preparations. The critiques that I see to this are really not denials of preparation but entanglement in the layers of meaning and confusion that both are and hide the paradigmatic changes that we face. And this requires an historical understanding as well as an economic, social, scientific, and philosophical understanding. So we have just lost almost the entire population of the richest and, mistakenly thought by its citizens, the most advanced nation on planet Earth. There was great hope and growing knowledge fifty years ago. That was attacked and steadily undermined by those who could not accept any but the materially wealthy as true citizens. Race, ethnicity, diversity, intellectual ability, and ancient religious mythologies are all totally entangled in this.
My apologies for being blunt, this does relate to many other things I have written here at Medium and elsewhere, but perhaps it is the time to act or at least begin to call for action and effective discussion. My growing fear, which Umair clearly articulated, is that time is almost gone. Perhaps I’m simply old enough to know from experience how often we know of bad things that could happen but comfort ourselves with knowing they maybe won’t happen. Then we worry about them as they become more apparent and real but, no need to get upset, there is plenty of time to work it out. Then suddenly, although it was not sudden at all, everything is gone and full panic brings us to our knees. And in the disaster we try to find thankfulness in what small preparations we made as “wild contingencies” or mourn our failure to make even those. Damn, we knew this was coming, but . . .
This is not a new thought but I think we should give up on the US in its present form. We all can immediately visualize the map of voting by candidate in the 2016 election. We all know that map represents two different worlds and only one has a future unless neither does. The languages are rapidly diverging, the focus in one is anger, greed, and denial. The other is shocked and unbelieving that an obviously incompetent, insane, Russian controlled stooge who promised to turn back time and reward hate could be selected by some 20% of the population. The rage ruled and sanity went away. Not just here but across the industrial and postindustrial world. Simply put it is the new metropolitan areas with the new values of intellect and social communication, the great universities and technology centers and 90% of the population. So let’s break it apart and link the regional metropolitan centers together as a new alliance of cities with their rural areas that feel affiliated. Let’s build on the sanctuary cities and make that the start of a new way of governing and growing.
Obviously this will not be easy and it may simply start a civil war. If we come to think that there is no way out of this it may be better to accept what will ultimately have to be done and get it there quickly. From my position the west coast is five great metropolitan centers with their hinterlands. That is natural. In a post nation state American we an alliance of independent metropolitan areas and the rest. The rest could opt for Washington DC and Trump or join their natural metropolitan area. This would correct a whole range of economic distortions while creating flexible local political rule. Cities already maintain extensive international relations and join international organizations. Free trade alliances would be natural then and change could evolve more quickly.
Something to think about . . .