Global Retribalization and the Balkanization of Everywhere

Let’s see, we (America) are trying to keep together an artificial, European invented, multi-ethnic and religious state in Iraq while Belgium is splitting apart along cultural and linguistic lines. What, as the phrase goes, is wrong with this picture? The title of this post comes from the work of Marshall McLuhan.

“There are two extremes, some screaming that Belgium will last forever and others saying that we are standing at the edge of a ravine,” said Caroline Sägesser, a Belgian political analyst at Crisp, a socio-political research organization in Brussels. “I don’t believe Belgium is about to split up right now. But in my lifetime? I’d be surprised if I were to die in Belgium.”

For what’s happening in Belgium (the future countries of Flanders and Wallonia), click here.

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