“The tendency to overlook what is fundamentally important is not confined solely to the couch dweller watching television. Conventional thinkers of all shapes and sizes observe one of the pretenses of the nation-state -- that the views people hold determine the way the world changes. Apparently sophisticated analysts lapse into explanations and forecasts that interpret major historical developments as if they were determined in a wishful way.
... When the technologies that are shaping the new millenium are considered, it is far more likely that we will see not one world government, but microgovernment, or even conditions approaching anarchy.
... Much of this shortfall in thinking about the crucial issues that actually determine the course of history probably reflects the relative stability of the power configuration over the past several centuries.
... violence shapes society, and thus sets the boundaries within which economies must function.”