Chapter Seven: The Internet

III. The Internet And Nation States

At least as it is presently organized, and perhaps permanently, the Internet is able to provide a forum in which groups can exist pretty much independently of nation states. Indeed, this aspect of the Internet is so threatening to the less democratic – more authoritarian – types of nation state such as China that they go to great lengths to circumscribe its effectiveness. Happily, they are mostly unsuccessful.

Other chapters have described the process by which the nation state has taken upon itself the moral and behavioural regulation of its citizens, roles which were once performed by more or less 'groupish' institutions such as the village (the commune), the church and even (once, especially) the family.