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May 14, 2011 3:02 am
From Mr Joseph A. Smith Jr.
Sir, Gillian Tett’s piece was thought-provoking. May I suggest that a number of people in the west have been imagining a world without nations (or at least nation states)?
Philip Bobbitt’s book The Shield of Achilles (2002) deals with the rise of the “market state” as the successor to the nation state. A critique of the book may be found in Archbishop Rowan Williams’ Richard Dimbleby lecture in 2002.
Both are superb works which, I would submit, events have validated. The subject is among the most important in public policy today.
Joseph A. Smith,
Raleigh, NC, US
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