The Coming Anarchy

Topics: Government, Scarcity, Maslow's hierarchy of needs Pages: 3 (922 words) Published: March 11, 2012
The world we live in today is easily compared to the world we lived in yesterday simply because hindsight is proverbial “20/20”. Anyone who has matured enough to actually pay attention to the surrounding world events will notice changes in their environment, politics and population. Once you identify with these worldly changes, you will begin to equate their impact on our collective future as a human race. The publication of The Coming Anarchy, by Robert Kaplan in 1994, recognized governments are quickly being converted to “centers of power” and is directly related to environmental changes, resource scarcity, overpopulation, and tribalism. I fully agree with the author’s observations that local populations are disregarding country borders and turning to alternative loosely organized sources of power to provide the necessities of human survival. Basic survival instincts will most certainly take front seat when choosing between clean water or following an organized government’s strict laws. Where organized government fail, following tribal factions regardless of how radical, becomes an attractive option when offered better security, food, and water.

We do not have to go very far into current events of the world to find examples of how traditional borders have little or no importance. For instance, examine nearly any country in western Africa and you will quickly determine that “refugees find a way to crash official borders, bringing their passions with them” (Kaplan, p84). Governments normally begin with full intent to provide basic services within its population base. Over time, it seems that governments try to do more than what it’s capable of doing and what it started out trying to accomplish quickly evaporates. As the living conditions of a population begin to fall towards poverty, they start looking for sustainment elsewhere, which is a normal human instinct. Referring back to our African neighbors as a worse case example, we identify numerous countries...
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