Eli, your article is daring, as is apparent from the backlash of comments. Fortunately, there is another layer of explanation.
I write about panarchy, which is the future of the world as seen through the lens of complexity and complex adaptive systems. My “Panarchy 101” is an ongoing work here on Medium.com ( https://medium.com/panarchy-101-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and )
Complex systems tells us that when the networks of communication improve then larger systems fragment into smaller pieces, loosely connected. This system is better able to adapt to internal and external changes. The parts have the freedom to explore potential pathways of future evolution which the whole can embrace. Adaptability increases as a result.
I have been explaining this to people since before the U.S.S.R. fragmented. I explained to people then, that it wasn’t a “win” for ideology at all, because the fragmentation had nothing to do with ideology in the first place. It was a system necessity, it’s just that the U.S.S.R. got there first. The U.S. and the E.U. were next (Brexit anyone?).
Anyway, glad to see your article as it explains a set of factors I was unfamiliar with but which exemplify the same adaptive direction. Thanks.