Technology shrinks the world and makes geography less important. People find kinship, common cause, society online, cross-states and sometimes even languages. When the Internet began to break out, when contacts began to bring these people closer, this was expected with great hope and excitement. And with reason. At its best, the results are great.
But it turned out that, like most major social transformations, this geographic height came in a large number of unexpected emergent characteristics, not all of them good. In fact, some may already need to ease – quickly.
It is great that open source communities around the world collaborate to craft tools that benefit everyone. It is not a bad thing for wealthy professionals in Singapore, San Francisco, Toronto, London, Dubai and Hong Kong to feel that they have more in common with each other than people living within an hour's drive. One world, one humanity, one future. right?
Except that around the world, we increasingly see three worlds, overlapping and sometimes intertwined, but it is still clearly a little separate every year: the rich, the rich and the poor. 1%, 19%, and 80%. G20 are mostly looking more than, Not less, Like the Brix. Inequality has decreased between Countries, which is good … while rising simultaneously Within Most countries, which is not.
As countries grow, it is easier for groups to formulate a common cause across nations. A virtuous cycle … except when it is a vicious circle. Only when fanatics, xenophobia, white supremacy Join together. From Steve Bannon to Marin Le Pen to Brexiters for foreigners to Five-star movement, To the Kremlin"White nationalism," that is, racial hatred, and ironically, has become an international network.
But behind this loose hatred network, I find that there lies another, implicit rather than explicit; that of the very rich, of the Koch brothers and the Russian oligarchs and Brexit financiers. Do not get me wrong. I'm not saying they're actively cooperating. They do not sit around sending other signal messages while hitting white cats.
but me Morning To say that the wealthy have long tried to maintain their positions by dividing the masses, by inciting hatred against the other. They have manipulated democracy in part by breaking through their systems – wide-scale regulatory grabbing – but also by turning people against taxing the oligarchs to give their surplus money (from the hills) to the poor by encouraging fear that the money will go to The Wrong Sort of People Who do not deserve it. Which always implies: immigrants and visible minorities. The oligarchy implicitly denounces racism.
Is it really surprising that the unethical American oligarch views the racist minority in Russia and thinks, "Hey, these are kind of people," followed closely, "Geez, does this kind of government look good to me?" For oligarchs, Russia is not an enemy of America. It's a model, it's what America should aspire to.
None of this is new. The last time that inequality was at these levels, aristocrats were all over Europe who had a lot in common with each other with their "ordinary people" Something of cliché. It is clear that organized racism is as old as humanity, although its widespread appearance throughout the developed world was a grim surprise.
What's new is how our communities are connected to each other through technology. The extent to which new national movements are rapidly emerging, disseminated, and transformed; and how national and national states appear to signify significantly less progress for both new and contemporary conservatives as each year passes. All these bring risks and opportunities – depending on whether and / or how quickly players are accustomed to notice the current global system that the rules of the game are changing.