Tribalism may replace nationalism
Picture a world in the next century organized not around nation-states but
around a new form of tribes sharing the same culture and values. It's a
world where you pledge allegiance not to a republic, but to a clan.
That possibility isn't too far-fetched when you take the current state of
our fracturing world and overlay new information technologies and the new
telecommunications infrastructure. Here's how it conceivably could play
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parochial sects warring among themselves. They fear the emergence of
tribalism in the old sense -- a new form of barbarism.
But that scenario leaves out the equally powerful forces that are integrating
the world. For every step toward more parochial localism, there's a step
toward more universal globalism.
This end of the nation-state might not be such a disaster in the long run. In
the digital future, we might even see international peace.