Towards an Optimal Governing Area

Today, individuals are no longer mere citizens--they are mobile consumers in a competitive governance market. Caveat emptor.

Issue: Winter 2004-2005

The world is getting smaller. The Internet, cheaptransportation, the spread of free and open markets, and surgingeducation of the masses are steadily eroding the last vestiges ofeconomic autarchy. This increased integration presents afundamental practical challenge to the sovereignty of nations.Policies that are possible in an isolated island state can beimpossible in our new and mostly democratic world of nomadiccapitalists.

This metamorphosis has created heightened demand forinternational cooperation, a demand that has been the midwife tothe birth of organizations that are rapidly becoming a haphazardworld government. At the birth of the United States, AlexanderHamilton wondered whether men "are forever destined to depend fortheir political constitutions on accident and force." Today, it isnot reason, but accident and force that are carving the contours ofthe global political environment.

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