Scary title, huh? But that's how Todd Brewster paints the trend away from large countries based on conquest and the resurgence of small nation-states. To Brewster, the idea of peoples around the world freely choosing their political associations is repugnant. But the most striking feature of his article is how he treats "equality" and "diversity" as values whose goodness are so self-evident that they cannot even be questioned. He does not bother to argue why or how they trump other political goals, and apparently believes he does not need to. He's certainly right about one thing: They are indeed threatened by the rise of self-determination movements
Ironically, this modern day trend towards secession casts a dark light on another principle dear to Americans. In seeking to re-organize along ethnic and religious terms, the world is in effect rejecting pluralism, diversity and racial equality. Scot divides from Brit; Catalan from Spaniard; Russian from Ukrainian; Sunni from Shia. All the post-Cold War excitement about an end to ideology, about an Internet democratizing the globe, about the end of frontiers – all of that now seems like little more than a naïve expression of historical optimism.
Of course, racial equality does not exist anywhere on the planet, as the most militant proponents of equality will agree. There's always more to be done, and the ideologues who agitate for equality know that only a centralized, all-powerful government can enact the programs they demand - even though they never work. Diversity, however, most certainly exists in such places as the Balkans, Iraq, and Somalia, and the peoples who live there yearn to escape from it. As Harvard sociologist Robert Putnam
reluctantly concluded from years of study, diversity degrades community spirit and social trust, the foundations of self-government. Destroy those, and you create an artificial anarchy that only a powerful and authoritarian government can control - which is the very reason the ruling elite wants to impose diversity on us in the first place.