There really is an awakening spreading across the globe, and it really is a threat to the current configuration of power. It is my belief that the Arab spring was as inevitable as Occupy, and because of that inevitability, there was a degree of pre-planning involved by the current configuration of power, to channel the discontent.
What I do not want to imply is that every expression of discontent within the current configuration of power is controlled. I have no doubt that the humans who were born into the nation-state called Syria want nothing more than a chance to determine the course of their lives unencumbered by the mechanisms of state control.
The plus side of the Arab Spring is a general shift in expectations, especially from the youth. They now know a different world beyond borders is possible, and that possibility is not a button that can be un-pushed.
A comment from Steve Kelly at Mark’s place caught my attention because he mentioned the idea of bio-regionalism. Because what comes next?
Cascadia is the name of a bioregion and proposed country located within the western region of North America. Potential boundaries differ, with some drawn along existing political state and provincial lines, and others drawn along larger ecological, cultural, and economic boundaries.
The nation would consist of British Columbia, Canada, along with Oregon, Washington, and portions of other states from the United States. At its maximum extent Cascadia would extend from coastal Southeast Alaska to the north, extending into Northern California in the south, and inland to include parts of the Yukon, Idaho, Wyoming, and Western Montana.
New configurations will only become possible when the old configurations become glaringly dysfunctional. We’re not there yet, not even close.
I guess we need more evidence.