How feasible is the idea of the world uniting to form a single Government, or operating under a single but unified authority. Is the transition from map with dense borders to no borders even remotely possible?
Are we capable of readily shedding our borders to work together as one real society?
Switzerland has a population of about 8 million. India has a population of about 1250 million. Almost every Indian loves Switzerland. Now, think of what would happen if Switzerland suddenly throws open to all Indians [and Chinese]. Even if 0.5% of India & China migrate, there won’t be a Swiss culture anymore.
This is quite a serious issue for developed nations bordering underdeveloped nations. Think of the following scene near Gibraltar. Despite having chain fences, there are many who risk everything trying to migrate into a developed nation. Imagine a scenario with no such fences.
Moroccons atop a fence near Spain
More populous cultures would trample the less populous cultures in no time.
How would you prefer having no walls for either rooms or homes and everyone sleeping together? This sounds cozy, right?
The deal is that after the first night, all the “brotherhood”, “love”, yadda yadda yadda evaporates and at some point you start longing for your privacy.
So, why do you need your own home or a room:
- Everyone needs a personal space. This is common to many mammals.
- You could stack your own books and toys and add your personality to where you live.
- Avoid getting too distracted by outside.
Nations need strong borders for the exact same reasons:
- To protect their own culture and way of life. Just as an individual has a style within his/her room, nations have evolved with individual styles. You don’t want to lose them.
- There are always wars, crisis, epidemics around you. The borders give you some control over the life. For instance, the Ebola virus is now fought by border controllers in different nations.
- Every nation needs its own personal space to grow and thrive. A world without borders is one where we all get McDonalidized.
So, no world currencies, no world government, no world without borders, etc. All of these are terrible ideas once you start recognizing the practicality.
Of course, you want to have windows and doors in your room. You don’t want to die in a dungeon, do you? You want your friends to occasionally come and sleep over. You also want to go out and have party time. In the same way, nations need to have fairly sophisticated policies when it comes to trade and visas..