#26: Nonstate politics

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The nation state as concept and actuality failed and continues to fail spectacularly. But don't despair - countless projects are working on the next level of politics.

The nation state derives it's power through maintaining borders of all kinds in it's most abstract description. Hypermobility and digital advances of todays world challenges this practice to it's limits.

«Was, wenn alle Grenzen offen wären?» is a very good (german) text about the what if a state would not have physical borders.

Was, wenn alle Grenzen offen wären?

Das Deutschland des 19. Jahrhunderts war keine Gemeinschaft, sondern ein loser Bund aus 41 Staaten. Grenzkontrollen, Einreiseverbote, Ausweisungen - alles da, kreuz und quer durchs Land. Meistenorts war sogar die Freizügigkeit zwischen Gemeinden eingeschränkt. Die Staaten schotteten sich gegen Ausländer ab, auch gegen deutsche Ausländer. Sie glaubten, dass sie von Vagabunden und Bettlern überrannt würden, wenn sie die Grenzen öffneten, dass Mittellose dorthin gingen, wo es die angenehmsten Armenhäuser hat, und dass Zuzügler den Einheimischen die Arbeit wegnähmen.

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Bitnation, e-Estonia

Bitnation as well as e-Estonia are super interesting projects about what digital as well as decentralised government can look like. And they actually partnered up.

"Bitnation is a Governance 2.0 Operating System, designed to disrupt the nation-state oligopoly through offering more convenient, secure and cost-efficient governance services."

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Rojava - Stateless Democracy

Rojava is a young political entity in the northern regions of Syria, founded and maintained by Kurds. They are organized by the principles of democratic confoderalism by Abdullah Öcalan, which in turn was heavily influence by american anarchist Murray Bookchin.


The open source city as the transnational democratic future

A super long but worth read about open source practices, urban areas and transnational democratic processes.

"Experiences and experiments in Spain, Brazil, Istanbul and other cities suggest that a transnational municipalism, based on concepts of an open source city (free online tools and active citizen participation), has the potential to regenerate democracy and build a geopolitics of the commons against neoliberalism."

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De-Arrests are Beautiful

To round up this nice anti-natio-state post, let's have a look at ways to de-arrest your friends. My favorite is to "push over a cop" - has a certain slapstick to it.


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