Economic Nationality: Introduction

The countries we live in today are not relatively old, three or four generations ago our elders wouldn’t have known the boundaries and borders that we are well equipped of today. But still back in that time, the regions were divided more or less in the same manner. This is because of the fact that the nations emerged somewhat naturally on the basis of linguistic, cultural and religious divides. I am very comfortable with the first two concepts: drawing the borders on the basis of language and culture. For starters, having the same language of communication eases our day-to-day tasks and having the same culture enriches harmony and consonance in a society. The third (religion) does not carry a burden of its own but it has a tendency to act as a catalyst in political activities, this in turn creates a problem for the society as a whole. We have learnt from history that religion plays a major part in politics; be it Europe, Middle East or South Asia. We have even seen nations with the same religion but are still being divided on the basis of different beliefs inside it, taking the example of Northern Ireland and Ireland. Had religion been a stable and reliable method to draw boundaries, we would not have around 50 Islamic and 30 Christian based nations. This role of religion (even when it has no apparent role) is what creates a number of problems. Due to these we find government taking decisions which are not for the benefit of its citizens, we observe discrimination and prejudice and hence a lack of equality in the society, it even is the root cause of terrorism.

To combat this we need to think of the difference between the terms ‘classify’ and ‘divide’. Classification is what we require not on the basis of financial status but on the basis of economic background. It is visible that same economic backgrounds tend to occupy same regions (Silicon Valley for example). This is somewhat similar to and based on the concept of ‘Hotelling’s Model of Spatial Competition’. This is a slow but natural process and a direction where we should head in. This might increase the internal competition in different sectors, but that will promote healthy growth. This will also reduce the tensions that are caused by biased nationalities and religious or communal divide. The identity of an individual will be then on the basis of merit and work and not on biased terms of caste or race. And we are slowly progressing towards this, the linguistic barriers are falling apart more rapidly than others and we are continuously seeing proofs of that.

The term ‘Economic Nationality’ does not do justification to itself as I will be bringing forward some concepts that directly contradict the basis of nationality, but I still use the term as it gives the gist of what it offers. This also does not mean that there won’t be nations. There will be, it’s just that their definitions will change, improve rather. There will be open borders and nations will just be based on regulations and laws that support that region’s economy. To take an example, farmers from the fertile lands will have less compensations provided to them than farmers from hard terrains or deforestation might completely be banned in some places but also allowed partially as survival of some communities is dependent on it. Let us take the example of Indonesia, big corporations from around the world have bribed corrupt politicians of the country to allow deforestation and cultivate for palm oil. Had Indonesia been an economic nationality, it would have regulated sanctions on such firms as the (source of) income of people present is not dependent on cultivation of palm oil. This will also ensure that the media is not biased and free of influence, which will have the greatest impact of all. And having an unbiased media and governments running on economic mindsets would have a far greater impact on every individual than we have ever observed before. This would also root out the generic problems we face today of corruption, government mismanagement, terrorism as well as anti-state actors and even global warming for that matter.

This is just an introduction to ‘Economic Nationality’. I would be elaborating more on this, taking case studies and scenarios in later posts.