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October 27, 2006

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Chirol

Thanks for the link. Could indeed be an interesting read.

bobw

"it creates all the more reason to forgo sovereignty and operate at a sub-state level. Stay virtual and the benefits accrue. "

But then what are "the benefits"? What is the ultimate goal, if you always going to be living in caves (figuratively speaking)?

Unless a guerilla movement eventually delivers services to its population (ie becomes a state) what's the point? I'm thinking of Hisb'Allah, for example.

Are you thinking of a scenario in which large states hang on for another hundred years, slowly crumbling, and resistance movements hang right in there with them?

Are you picturing resistance to foreign occupation, or resistance from within a large state?

zenpundit

Hi John

I'm unclear on the author's specific premise as the amazon site was barren of reviews.

Geographically small but internally well-governed, culturally cohesive, states would seem to be in better shape facing centrifugal forces than, say, Russia or China.

"Are you thinking of a scenario in which large states hang on for another hundred years, slowly crumbling"

I think legitimacy is a more important variable here than large size. States came no larger than the USSR and it was # 2 in power projection terms.

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