Abstract

In the foregoing analysis, the distinction between states as government institutions and as countries has been useful. Cobden, Mitrany, and Ohmae’s visions of the future, in contrast, have in common an expectation of a breakdown of the separation of the national and international. Instead of a world continuing to be defined by the politics of exclusive and warring (or, at a minimum, antagonistic) nation-states, they foresee a combination of municipalities, issue specific institutions, and/or economic regions dominated by the interdependence of the world economy and social relations more broadly.

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Corn Dust Europe Steam Triad 

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