We live in times where globalisation is penetrating every corner of the world.
Some aspects of this, people welcome: travel, exotic ideas, foods and products, relative freedom from the stiffened clamps of tradition.
Some aspects are regrettable: standardisation, imposition of the ways of the developed world on the rest of the world, loss of cultures, languages and local characteristics... and bulldozers, weapons and pollution, everywhere.
Sometimes one wonders whether the world is becoming unfit for human habitation.
This first section looks into the question of nations, the basis by which human life has thus far been organised.
What do nations do for us? How much are they necessary? What would we lose if we didn't have them? What are the alternatives?