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What Is A State (Really)? And Their Strategic Cultures (Important to the Understanding on their Approaches to all Levels of Politics)?


Introduction: Understanding State-ism

So, we have covered plenty this month, and today, we will take a look at exactly why we can predict states’ behaviours based on their make-up, histories, cultures, or what tends to be referred to as, strategic cultures of states.

The aim is to approach and examine effect of regionalism on states, and their strategic cultures.

1. The West (Incl. Japan)

These have been, as we have stated earlier last week, ruled by ‘power families’ throughout their historical beginnings. This ‘single family rule’ (or unity of many powerful families; see ruling cartels post below) has created an highly stable states, internally, since, no ruling power families wish to see their wealth and powers to govern undermined or worse taken away from them. Hence, there has never been any real popular revolutions within these ‘western states’.

The western families, or states, are like highly organised crime organisations (see Charles Tilly paper on the e-library page), with highly centralised bureaucracy, with incentives and ‘power-sharing’ with others, who play by the rules of the game.

All the flags, we so dearly cherish are the colours of these families (hence, every state in the world has two flags, one representing a ‘popular colours’, for example, in the US, the red and white stripes, and the other representing the ‘government’ or continuity of government, or rather family rule, the bald eagle. In UK, simple, the Crown and the Union Jack).

Why Japan is western, because it is Weberian in centralisation of power, and has originated from the ‘ruling families’ as in the western states of Europe; from Shoguns to Janumichis, or something, to the present Japanese Government.

2. The Non-Western States

First, the Arabian states resemble western, with centralisation of the King’s families, with Falcon as Families’ symbols, but unlike the west, and like the rest of Islamic World, the greater behaviour from within any parts of Islamic world, or Arabian regions, will impact on them as well. Meaning, unlike the western states, which are ‘the king is a state’, in Arabian and Islamic World, the people & god/ummah (literary people of god) are the state; these can be observed by the many revolutions these regions have had, minus the Arabian Gulf.

Revolution is an important variable in understanding the nature of ‘these families’, states. Where there has been any form of revolution, means, there is an absence of continuity in a single (cartel) family rule. What this means, is that these states are traditionally highly unstable, as the power is literary in the hands of the street/people; this is Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America (not entirely through every states, for example, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Venezuela, powers of the elites are well rooted, as in the west, meaning family aspect of western model exists in these countries, unlike in Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, etc).

This is why some families once they come in power seek dictatorial model in ruling, through fear and booty-sharing of power and wealth. Hence, unlike the west, these are more like disorganised criminal groups, sharing power, decentralised, and highly divided and unstable.

In Conclusion:

The most stable states are western states, because the people are not the power, and they tacitly accept the rule of the ‘powerful families’. The less stable countries are those where the people are the real power, and they are constantly vigilante on the powerful families conduct once in governments. (well captured in Hobbes Levithan; either decide to give all your powers of freedom to one ruler/supreme king, or live in continuous state of nature)

Hence, my conclusion, India or China, or any non-western state (minus the religious unity) will never be a global powers because the trust between citizens and governments/families, is not natural and is highly unstable (with suspicious, paranoia and hatred between the two). And it is why the west goes out frequently, and even to wars, because they claim all for the mutual interests.

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