At the start of the last century, the concept of the nation state was under assault primarily from the radical left. While the Great War was fought by nation states, their elites didn’t doubt the legitimacy of the concept — just the definition of boundaries — as they pursued imperialist policies. After the convulsions of the twentieth century the political center in the core countries was redefined and gave birth to many newly independent countries of varying cultural history and geostrategic importance. The new order required new mechanisms of influence and control. Today, the pressure on the nation state is coming consistently from the rising oligarchic reorganization of those same core societies and the return of more naked, atavistic imperial ambitions.
Why bother with a fig leaf abroad when your own population has become too disempowered and terrified at home to question your actions?
The need for a new system of thought regarding international regulation is one of the top 3 issues facing humanity. (the other 2 being climate change and the creation of a democratic and sustainable financial and economic order.)
This is about entertainment software, but it’s also about the creation of a new empire.
We have reached a point in Australia where citizens can be arrested and extradited to the United States based on information supplied by Australian spies for breaches of US law on Australian soil. Australia has effectively signed away its right to govern its own in matters of copyright infringement when those matters overlap the interests of the United States.