Globalization Is Impossible
Throughout history, people have been divided into four quadrants: “intellectuals,” “military,” “merchants,” and “producers”. In some places, there was a fifth category — slaves, “untouchables” — but they were not considered human beings. For every person, there is a greater chance of remaining in the parents’ class, even in modern times. A hundred years ago, one in a thousand could escape the caste of his relatives. Castes differ genetically, as filtering has been going on for twelve thousand years.
Intellectuals: clergy, priests, healers, brahmans, preachers, rabbis, mullahs, scholars, teachers, doctors, propagandists, jewelers, writers, musicians, artists, jesters, hackers, etc. They aspire to exceptional abilities. They love knowledge, they accumulate information. They deceive people. They are bad at organizing. They are ineffective and humanly ugly in conflict.
Military: politicians, kshatriyas, aristocrats, officials, officers, judges. Their instinct is to protect their physical and mental territories. They are unable to work productively. They attack those around them and try to manage conflict. These people have a built-in notion of honor. Although politicians are often accused of dishonor, there is nothing scarier than businessmen and workers who happen to be in power. The military can organize, negotiate, and establish vertical relationships. They do not produce resources. Parasites.
Merchants: bourgeois, vaishyas, corporate managers, lawyers. They know how to establish horizontal relationships. They have an instinct for commitment management. They avoid direct conflict. They are physically cowardly. Have no concept of honor. Like to work; they are no strangers to knowledge.
Producers: shudras, wage laborers, peasants. Their first imperative is the value of labor. They are willing to fight physically for the results of their labor. Peasant wars are the longest and bloodiest. They are not eager to learn.
There are only two classes involved in governing each particular society: one dominates, the other participates and submits, the interests of the other two classes are ignored.
Which two quadras rule is determined by the fact that each society is born and formed in a particular landscape, in a particular climate, and these two factors uniquely determine the type of society, from Cape Horn to the Bering Strait. Wherever a society expands and moves, its type never changes.
For example, dark (impenetrable) forests depress the development of the merchant class and the spread of clergy ideas, while the need for protection strengthens the local military, and the struggle for resources strengthens the producer caste. The landscape of light deciduous forests, while requiring the protection of the military aristocracy, makes it relatively easy to build a transportation network and thus a commercial caste. Mountainous and hilly terrain, with well-protected passages and difficulty in deploying large armies, oppresses the military aristocracy class and strengthens the clergy (intellectuals), since this terrain needs less permanent protection but needs more cultural unity within territorial domains.
There are six types of society (the other six possible combinations are unstable).
- The military rules. Intellectuals help. Merchants and producers are oppressed.
- The military rules. Merchants help. Intellectuals and producers are oppressed.
- The military rules. Producers help. Merchants and intellectuals are oppressed.
- Intellectuals rule. Merchants help. The military and producers are oppressed.
- Intellectuals rule. Producers help. The military and merchants are oppressed.
- Merchants rule. Producers help. Intellectuals and the military are oppressed.
Looking at your society, you can easily categorize it as one of these types. Nations with different cultural codes will never understand each other; differences accumulate over hundreds of generations. Dismantling the power of nation-states would not change anything in this sense. Globalization at this historical stage is impossible.