Sunday, July 29, 2012

Daniel Suarez's DAEMON is a cautionary table of globalization taken to the nth degree

"[T]he Great Diffusion has begun --- an era when the nation state dissolves.  Technology will cause this.  As countries compete for markets in the global economy, diffusion of high technology will accelerate.  It will result in a diffusion of power.  And diffusion of power will make countries an ineffective organizing principle.  At first, marginal governments will fail.  Larger states will not be equipped to intercede effectively.  These lawless regions will become breeding grounds for international crime and terrorism.  Threats to centralized authority will multiply.  Centralized power will be defenseless against these distributed threats.  You have already experienced the leading edge of this wave."

DAEMON, page 446.

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