Clear ideas on these matters do, therefore, have some practical value. The human mind, moreover, has a universal thirst for clarity, and longs to feel itself part of an orderly scheme of things.
Earlier, I talked about wanting to write a series on political thought. It’s been a while coming, but here it is.
In this series of posts, titled Statehood, I will put into words a number of thoughts I’ve been playing with over the last few months. These thoughts relate—perhaps unsurprisingly—to statehood, together with individuality, collectivism, sapience and emergence. I’m not sure what -ism can be ascribed to them here at their beginning; perhaps we shall have some better idea at their finish.
In light of my lengthy absence after that last post, I think it worthwhile to try approaching this topic with some form of a structure in advance. To that end, this first part shall give a tentative overview of the parts to come. In the words of von Clausewitz again,
I shall proceed from the simple to the complex.
In part II, The Emergence of Man, I will cover the emergence of the intelligent human—the individual—from the dumb matter of the Universe. I am no vegetarian, and will delineate the crucial difference between a human’s sapience and all other animals’ sentience via a borrowed metaphor or two from Dr Freud.
In the third part of the series, The Freudian State, I will continue the borrowed metaphor as a way of explaining the three essential components of any state. I will also define an idea of ‘state’ based on the existence of these components, rather than a mere synonym for ‘country’.
The fourth and fifth parts will represent, in a way, their own two-part pair. The first, The United Kingdom, will take the previously-developed ideas and, with them in mind, trace the history of the United Kingdom. The second part, The Change of Plan, will be an attempt to explain why I find the result of the 2016 European Union referendum so fascinating. It will cover why the result is so unique, and what it might mean for statehood going forward.
So there: a roadmap. Time will tell how well I keep to it.