Yet Another Modest Proposal
Some years ago I began thinking of Virtual Nations (VNs) to supplant nation states, to avoid the dangers of nation states because of potentially horrible “change of government results”: wars, economic crises, elections, etc. What I call Virtual Nations might be visualized by imagining different colored spice sprinkled upon the land, with each colored dot representing a person/family with contractual allegiance with a chosen higher government authority for administration of citizen services. Ideally all VN governments would be non-profits run by professionals, and certified by authorities such as the UN as having fulfilled criteria such as insurance, safety record, etc.
How would this be an improvement over Democratic and other current forms of national government? Citizens can elect to stay or leave their Virtual Nation annually without physically immigrating, and the escrow for Safety Net services must transfer in entirety to their new VN. It is this ability to switch VNs that is true Democracy without politicians.
How else might Virtual Nations be an improvement? War between “nations” becomes nonsensical—as citizens are sprinkled all over the world. Thus military spending could be dramatically reduced but still effective via a common military Interpol to fight international terrorists and mafias, funded through fee to fund it. Money for improving the world in proactive ways could thus be greatly increased by the majority of VNs. Passports might become illogical too, replaced with a common system for secure identity IDs honored everywhere.
One or more low cost universal health care system(s) could be implemented and provided world-wide at lower cost per capita than any single nation state's costs given greater efficiency of scale.
The transition might begin with Nation State’s states (states, provinces, etc.) seceding from their nation state upon receiving UN protectorate status. After which citizens could contract with VNs for national government ‘level’ services based upon selection among choices, each VN offering different emphasis for higher education and scientific investment, for example.
This or similar alternative must be pursued quickly, as the world is undergoing rapid and dangerous change and is less and less able respond reactively, let alone have the energy and money to act proactively.
Copyright 2017 Marc O. Cherbonnier
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This story was published on May 2, 2017.
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