Ingo Piepers has now contacted AFOE to bring to our attention a new thought-provoking paper entitled Social Expansion versus Social Fragmentation, Donâ€™t take Europe for granted (pdf). One quote:
Typically, the discussions about Europeâ€™s future consist of the exchange of qualitative arguments, and are often only superficial. Problematic is that historical facts â€“ as far as they are known and properly understood â€“ are often selectively interpreted. Local interests of decision makers and their inability to understand what is at stake, make this often unavoidable. These biases often hinder decision-makers in Brussels and the capitals of the EUâ€™s member states. In order to speed up Europeâ€™s unification, these discussions should – if possible – be objectified. The unification of Europe is important â€“ as I will explain in this paper â€“ because Europe â€“ as the rest of the world – will unavoidably be confronted with global and regional problems that require intense cooperation, in order to avoid â€˜devastatingâ€™ consequences of these developments. In this paper I will show that complexity science can contribute to a more objective approach of these European challenges. I will show that the development of Europe towards a social cohesive â€˜unitâ€™ can be quantified: Europe is not a virtual reality or an artificial entity, but a hard â€˜factâ€™.
I invite our readers to go and have a look at this paper and to share their thoughts on it.