Governance Detaches From Geography

Clinton Country (courtesy of New York Times)

Trump Country (courtesy of New York Times)

Governance has recently been revolutionized — not by any recent election — but by the capacity to remove central authority from governance.

Governance without a central authority means transparency. Governance without a central authority means accountability. Governance without a central authority means a provable absence of corruption.

Apart from these characteristics, there may be a more consequential (perhaps non-intuitive) impact: governance without a central authority means that governance is no longer determined by geographical location.

Freedom for humans will soon be associated with the freedom to select their government, regardless of their geographical location. There are many efforts under development (DemocracyEarth, BitNation) bringing together “citizens” from across the globe — independent of their geography — in voluntary and coordinated efforts toward providing services for their cooperative.

The conflict between the organic bottom-up decentralized governments of the future and the synthetic top-down centralized governments of today will be resolved one way or another. The unfolding of this future may be uncomfortable. It is the duty of nation-states to protect their existence, as it is the duty of the decentralized governments of the future to explore possibilities for a better future.

The citizens of the nation-states of today may find it preferable to participate in their own governance mechanisms free from central authority.

The arc of humankind trends toward freedom and away from top-down tyranny and corruption. To remain relevant in the future, nation-states will be required to protect this freedom.

To remain relevant in the future, nation-states will be required to embody characteristics of next-generation governance: transparency, accountability, and a provable absence of corruption.

What government do you choose?