The world is becoming a fragmented planet filled with creatures who demand power over other creatures. That trait seems to be ingrained in politicians and they use it as a hammer on constituents to wield ever more control over nationalist barriers.
I know what you’re thinking. “What the hell are you talking about, Alex?”
Remember the promise of the internet when it went public back in the mid-1990s? Earth would become a village, the planet would shrink, we would all bask together in the sunlight of an open world with no borders.
How’d that work out?
We may not have as many world wars that resemble WWI or WWII, but there are wars all over the earth that involve billions of people caught in the middle. Russia wants electronic devices to be pre-loaded with Russian software. Chine wants to kick out western technology in favor of its own.
Anybody see a problem there?
Thanks to the internet, nationalism has raised an ugly hydra head and threatens to rip humanity into shreds the cold war of the 20th century never knew.
China, Russia, and India want to ban foreign technology and that threatens to fragment the world into a state that may be unrecognizable in a decade or two.
Yeah, I’m a math major with a poly-sci minor, which means I can put two and two together and see how it adds up. All of this drum beating and saber-rattling has added up to an increasingly unstable world where citizens who want Apple gear may have to move to a country where it is manufactured.
Yeah, that’s a stretch but remember that people laughed about a peanut farmer becoming president, laughed at a Hollywood actor becoming president, and scoffed at the idea of a reality TV show host becoming president.
Here’s an example.
The U.S. banned products from Chinese technology giant Huawei. Then they banned U.S. companies from supplying equipment to Huawei. Now, China says all Chinese government and public-facing offices need to replace any equipment using foreign components.
This comes from the “3-5-2” policy in China which is slang for a timeline. Replace 30-percent of foreign gadgets in 2020, 50-percent in 2021, and 20-percent in 2022.
Who gets hit the hardest when such policies implemented?
When did this tit-for-tat policy fighting– I call it a Digital Cold War–begin? Guess. Go on. You can do it.
The world is not growing together as a village. The world is becoming ever more fragmented and there is no end in sight until we reach uniform anarchy.