THE NEW NOMOS OF THE EARTH

A short history about the connections between technological innovation, anthropological space and legal order
 

SERGIO ORTINO
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 3

INTRODUCTION 7
1.      The coming about of history and the science of law 7
3. The technological innovations as extensions of man 13
4. The anthropological space and its transformations 15
5. The Nomos as unity of order and localisation 17
 

I.  PALAEOLITHIC ERA and  FIRST ANTHROPOLOGICAL SPACE. MYTHOLOGICAL GOVERNMENT 20
1. The first Nomos 21
1.1  Access to the land and the property of labour 21
1.2  Subsistence, ceremony, art 22
1.3 The Earth as biosphere and cosmos 24
2. Universal harmony as a form of global network 25
 

II.  AGRICULTURAL REVOLUTION  and ANTHROPOLOGICAL SPACE OF LAND MASSES. AUTOCRATIC GOVERNMENT 27
1. The Neolithic Age and the village communities: symbiosis and participation 27
1.1. Climatic change: from nomadism to non-migratory lifestyles 28
1.2. From the bow and arrow to the plough and irrigation 29
1.3 The social and political consequences of the new technologies 30
2. The Birth of the city and of civilisation 32
2.1 The “implosion” of the city-state: protection and coercion 32
2.2 The invention of the wheel and the institution of monarchy 33
2.3 Various types of monarchy 36
2.4 The legitimisation of monarchy 37
2.5 The social consequences of the birth of civilisation 38
2.6 The republics and the federative orders 39
3. Birth, expansion, regression, end: the recurrent cycle of empires 41
3.1 The potamic civilisations 41
3.2 The thalassic civilisations 44
 

III.  INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION and  anthroPOLOGICAL SPACE OF LAND AND SEA. DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT 46
1. The circumnavigation of the globe and the new spatial organisation 47
1.1 The oceanic civilisations 47
1.2         The advent of Eurocentrism 48
2. Industrial revolution and the advent of mechanisation 50
2.1 Sail, gunpowder, books 51
2.2 “Rational” as synonymous with “uniform”, “continuous”, “consequential” 52
3. The nation state 53
3.1 United Provinces of the Netherlands and England 54
3.2 Democratic principle: taxes, capital, labour 57
3.3 United Kingdom and United States of America 59
 

IV.  INFORMATION REVOLUTION AND CYBERSPACE. SOVEREIGN INDIVIDUAL 61
1. The information revolution: from the monkey-spanner to the mouse 64
2. Global Economy 65
2.1 Transformations taking place in the economy 66
2.2 “ Continental” economic regionalism and “local” economic regionalism 70
3. Ethnic and cultural identities: localism and tribalism 74
4. The defeat of the nation-state 75
4.1 Sovereignty, people and territory 76
4.2 Possible future scenarios 78
4.3 The Chinese Puzzle 79
5. The proposed institutional solution 83
5.1 From the pyramid of hierarchy to the network of connective intelligence 83
5.2 Functional Federalism 85
5.3 The European Union:  a functional level of government not a mega-state    88
5.4 The Sovereign Individual 90
 

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