The End of the Nation-State
by Mike Meyer ~ Honolulu ~ March 28, 2020
The collapse of the nation-state and the rise of the Metropole is upon us. We are watching it happen whether we understand it or not. This end of the nation-state may well be the most significant change that will define the 21st century.
Political and economic change has been adverse and getting worse since the 1980s. The resurgence of greed, racism, proprietorship, and the rise of predatory capitalism and radically distorted asset distribution has led to a type of clown feudalism. Tump, Bolsinaro, and Boris Johnson, among others, are stereotypical types.
Behind the ugly clowns, the billionaire oligarchy controls the tattered structure of the old and powerful nation-state system; the population be damned. The Covid-19 planetary pandemic reveals the full weakness of this system. Revenue and profits for the existing fortunes are more important than human life.
The climate crisis promises a very and painful slide into an increasingly unfriendly environment with hunger, disease, and an all-consuming expense to survive. All those people who survive now will probably die later of climate caused disasters. Why save them at high cost? That this reality incorporates both cause and effect w conservative government, economics, and social failure leaves no place for a bright future.
But these complex and nonlinear processes are complicated to predict. That creates a rise in the rate of surprises, and the Covid-19 pandemic appears to have triggered the seismic paradigmatic shift building since the growth of the internet. The planetary late-stage capitalist economy has suddenly shut down. That was tho impossible. All social, political, and economic assumptions are now moot.
We will get through the Covid-19 pandemic, although the most viciously hypercapitalist governments will suffer the most significant losses. Greed will block anything but token prevention, having refused to fund planning or any medical preparation. The pandemic will not end quickly, and the old oligarchic power elites have realized the threat of financial collapse. Worse for them, people around the planet are beginning to understand the billionaire elite have no clothes.
The realization is that we don’t need them. The hypercapitalist planetary economy can stop in the face of pandemic threat and, however reluctantly, trillions of dollars are being made available to keep society going through the crisis. What this reveals is fatal to the old oligarchic world.
The first revelation is that we have huge assets that can support the human population in a planetary crisis. The second is that a tiny fraction of the people massively hoard assets. Capitalist structural failings leading to asset consolidation has been a growing problem for forty years after being significantly reduced from 1945 to 1980. But understanding this was too statistically sophisticated for most people to feel. The third revelation, just beginning to be discovered, is that the nation-states not only block the flow of population and assets but are worthless in the hands of the oligarch’s feudal clowns.
None of this is new, but suddenly it is visible and genuine. While all nation-states are struggling, only a few are managing to handle the Covid-19 pandemic with fast and aggressive science-backed actions; the traditional lead states have failed. The US is by far the most significant failure and is already the world center of infection. The inability to manage, let alone slow the pandemic could mean that the US will be the source of planetary reoccurrence if an initial infection does not provide full immunity. There is definite hope for this immunity but no clear, scientific conclusion.
What underlies this human welfare disaster is the failure of the nation-state as an institution to act with anything but greed and avarice to its citizens and in denial of any responsibility for the planetary population. In the worst cases, any public health action results only from political fear as massive outrage threatens figureheads and token leaders. Even the, as in the US, constant behind the scene manipulation and exploitation combines with continuous wild and delusional statements seeking to prop up the hypercapitalist economy at any cost in human lives.
The propaganda arms of the aristocracy, its owned media, have successfully captured and programmed a segment of the population to ignore all other sources of information, allowing a steadily increasing drumbeat of misinformation. This propaganda seeks to halt efforts to limit the rapid spread of the disease to restart the hypercapitalist economy that is destroying the planet and will, ironically, kill hundreds of thousands if not millions of their followers.
The inability to politically prevent this illustrates the structural failure of the nation-state system. The first nations have fallen and can’t help themselves. Their authoritarian disease makes them see the pandemic as only a threat to their control. Evil people seeking power are always a problem, but democratic societies can limit this by mass political power and authority. The nation-state system is failing internally in its oldest models but is now, clearly, unable to even understand planetary level disasters, let alone manage a defense to save us.
What we need as a planetary society, and what we have, are diverging so rapidly that it’s becoming impossible for even the most reclusive denialists to ignore. But many of the most rigid denialists have been programmed so well that they will go to their graves rather than accept the death of a failing world. That is the world of endless and infinite exploitation and consumption with unquestioned justification for returning to a modern form of the peasantry for the great mass of the population.
This new proletariat is not serfdom tied to one lord and perennially on the brink of starvation but a peasantry of low wages enforced by credit ratings and a lifetime of debt. It has already become a new version of the old tripartite class system of the Middle Ages with the vastly wealthy as aristocratic clergy of the capitalist religion, the military waging continuous war to consume excess production, and the mass of the powerless without assets. Each class separate and distinct.
As with all human forms of domination and control, the distinct estates use races in a hierarchical rank. The path from a low to a higher status can be most easily achieved by gaining a legislative seat and performing as the new aristocratic clergy’s fools. Great wealth falls to these performers, but they must foreswear never to represent the population.
The old semi-representative nation-state system was slowly eviscerated to create this new tripartite authoritarian system and hold dominance over the human population. The very concepts of state sovereignty make this form of feudal lordship possible without the constant battles for territory that is historically the norm for feudal systems. But the mass population can never be allowed to link to that of other nation-states. Borders must be hard with walls, if possible.
The radicalization of the new billionaire clergy overwhelmed our political system as the latest digital, and virtual reality makes a mockery of the old borders and walls. Racism and xenophobia fostered by media control have allowed the mobilization of a portion of the population to deny science and reality in the interests of their lords and masters. Why?
Maintaining the old nation-state system as unquestioned is essential to their domination. The most massive threat to our species is global warming and the climate crisis. This must be denied because it can never be addressed without unified planetary action. That would require free movement of the population with rational allocation and utilization of our resources. The old nation-states would disappear except as cultural units with metropoles as administrative units. The capitalist clergy would lose their means of rule.
We do know, scientifically, how to slow the planet’s warming, and that is the elimination of the hypercapitalist exploitation and infinite consumption on which the ruling elite feasts. To attack hypercapitalism, the capitalist clergy respond, will destroy the nation-state, and allow the ravaging hoards of barely human foreign people to steal their livelihood. That we are all facing a future as a ravaging hoard is a realization that must be banished. The reality is as it has always been and must be maintained religiously, even if it must all die.
Suddenly the pandemic and the one micron SARS-CoV-2 that produces COVID-19 has destroyed the massive walls of the nation-state with most people not noticing at all. Those walls block prevention, allow the buffoonery of the feudal clowns, and cripple the flow of medical materials and resources to support the population that must stay in isolation for months. Stopping the proven methods of slowing pandemic spread means millions of deaths and incredible suffering, while vast resources and immense wealth set unused in the vaults of the capitalist clergy and their minions.
Suddenly the world is very clearly different than everyone thought. We can see the remarkable reduction in carbon production in the most polluted centers of the planet. This sudden carbon reduction of output won’t change our climate disaster as that now predetermined for centuries. Still, it shows that the essential cuts are possible to reduce the climate disaster’s severity and begin producing palliative effects for human health.
We are at the start of the most massive planetary experiment ever imagined. It has already proved that something far beyond the pitiful efforts of the US Green New Deal, declared dead on arrival by the hypercapitalist clergy and impossible by the ‘progressive’ faction of that clergy’s fools, is possible.
The Covid-19 pandemic will kill the nation-state and usurp the power of the corrupt capitalist clergy. The desperate effort to save the nation-state already failing due to the massive incompetence of the insane elite is now demanding acceptance of death by part of the population to restart their machinery of planetary extinction.
We can and must throw out all that we assume and find a better way. Millions are facing daily life with all their usual assumptions ripped away, and there are significant problems, but there are also ways to make this work. We will have Universal Basic Income within two months for the wealthiest regions. It needs to be managed planetwide.
By conquering the first great climate disaster pandemic we are opening up the door to saving our future. We are seeing the elimination fo the hypercapitalist economic disaster and beyond that the end of the nation-state.