The Ingenious Mind of Nature: Deciphering the Patterns of Man, Society, and the Universe

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CHAPTER 17
Nations and Government

A portion of mankind may be said to constitute a nationality if they are united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between them and any others—which makes them cooperate with each other more willingly than with other people, desire to be under the same government, and desire that it should be government by themselves or a portion of themselves exclusively.

—JOHN STUART MILL

At times, politics and disorder seem to be synonymous. Aristotle concluded a long time ago that man is by nature a political animal. In systems terms, this means that each individual will exercise initiative—usually to his or her own advantage—in a sociological group that strives to mold if not subdue that initiative for the benefit of the group and its other members. Strives. The political animal usually finds a way to avoid being caged.

Still, tribes were established, which combined into cultures and regional entities, which led to the development of nations, which, however, seem to be the endpoint. Despite a growing world population, land is essentially a fixed quantity, and there is little prospect of any supranational authority to which nations

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