For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. – Matthew 24:7
Eschatology makes a distinction between the end of history and the end of the World. There are two separate events. The World will end when the mountains are going to become pieces of cotton.
In previous articles for Katehon I have dealt with the alternative to international finance – usury – as being for the State to assume the prerogative to create and issue its own credit.
Since the implosion of the Soviet bloc, a mono-polar world has emerged revolving around the USA, and challenged by an Islamic bloc. Russia and China have attempted to confront this mono-polar post-Cold War situation by forming a pact between each other and bordering states. This holds out the prospect of a Eurasian bloc to confront the world hegemony of the USA, which seeks to draw to it the European Union and return Europe to the subordinate role she played vis-à-vis the USA during the Cold War, pushed into coming under the US orbit by the fear of Warsaw Pact invasion.
In addition to immigration disaster, the world in the near future may expect something more serious. Over the past 40 years, the amount of fresh water in the world decreased by 60%. And in the next 25 years, it may be reduced by 2 more times. This is the official UN data. They were presented at the World Water Week, which takes place in Stockholm at the minute. It is not hard to guess that the most acute shortages will be felt in the already volatile Middle East.
The race of globalisation is leaving the majority of the world’s population far behind. According to Unicef, the richest 20% of the population gets 83% of global income, while the poorest quintile has just 1%. This trend is getting worse.
In this essay, I will deal with the historical development of the supremacy of the principle of state sovereignty over the principle of self-determination though the lens of minority rights protection. Using the example of the 1938 Munich Conference, I will attempt to demonstrate why the principle of state sovereignty was so strongly built into the infrastructure of today’s system of international relations.