The last Assyrian I’ve ever heard of was Yossarian, the protagonist of Catch-22, and while I’ve met plenty of “Anglo-Saxons,” I’ve never met any Angles or Saxons (or Jutes for that matter). Ditto Etruscans, Babylonians, Mound Builders, Harappans, Minoans…. they didn’t get wiped out, they just assimilated.
The trend in the modern West is to embrace ever more bizarre boutique “identities.” But it doesn’t really work, and we all, boutique “nationalists” most certainly included, know it. That’s why referendums on Scottish etc. independence always fail — True Scotsmen may be so proud of their heritage that they’ve got an informal fallacy named after them, but they’re not proud enough to consign their country to shivering unimportance on the ragged edge of nowhere by voting “leave.” Ditto Croats, Serbs, etc. — if the Austro-Hungarian Empire were still a going concern, they’d all make big noises about leaving it, while hanging Franz Joseph’s picture in every living room. The days of “national self-determination” are long over; the Black Hand would be a chat room for keyboard warriors.
That being the case, we’d do well to craft ourselves a “culture” into which many disparate groups can merge. The alternative isn’t tiny minority states getting along in wary but ultimately benign coexistence; it’s merger into a global super-empire, either
- or the Brotherhood of the Irradited, Mutated Survivors.
Humans sprawl. It’s in our firmware. Hobbes said that our only imperative is “a desire for power after power, that ceaseth only in death,” and he’s right. That’s why human organizations always expand until checked by a hard limit. In the past, the hardest limit was communication speed — you simply couldn’t control an empire past a certain size when outpost commanders had a six months’ lag time in which to contemplate the pros and cons of continued allegiance.
The Internet nixed that, though, which makes the current hard limit nuclear.
We’re getting a police state anyway, y’all. Let’s get to work on making it the most congenial police state we can.Loading Likes...