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    Capturing My Thoughts 2: Global Actors

    From here:

    Notice I say actors. I assume while states are (and will continue to be
    actors) that other actors can be involved: Kin-based networks aka KBN
    (people driven by familiar or tribal ties), super empowered individuals
    aka SEI(or networks of SEIs), meme-based networks aka MBN(people driven
    by shared beliefs such as religion, culture, political ideology),
    purpose-driven networks aka PDN(e.g. business enterprises, media
    outlets, NGOs, social entrepreneurial organization, charities,
    PMC/PSC/PIC), mashups/overlaps of any of the preceding s, and most
    likely things I haven’t thought of. For clarity I will refer to
    State-based networks aka SBN to refer to states or super-state
    organizations (like the EU or NATO)

    Total Social Movement Organizations as Global Actor

    From StrategyUnit: a description of a Global Actor he calls “Total Social Movement Organizations” or TSMO – which is also another possible successor /competitor to the dominant state form the nation-state:

    Hamas and Hezbollah function as a network of charities, religious movement, social movement, political movement and military force. Only such an organization can easily enlist the people as human shields at the face of death. I doubt Hamas was using much if any coercisve force to encourage the Human Shields – faith in Hamas and what it represented was enough.

    An organization that combines the full spectrum of human activities – from religious to social justice to military force – will be a resilient force compared to the secular (Post?) Nation-State system that exists in the Wetern countries. They will not replace Western style Nation-States, but will be adapt challengers in the world stage.

    I have been kicking around ideas along these lines for awhile. I read Bobbit’s gigantic and impressive book on the evolution of state forms a while back. My thoughts are forthcoming on the possibilities, evolution, and forms of the Post-Nationalism State (Postnat-State) and the Global Actors it will compete and cooperate.

    Update: I have updated the links.