By Andrew C. Revkin, Dec. 31, 2015 (LINK to article)
"We’ll look at the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the world’s nations . . "This sentence contains the fundamental misconception that we must recognise and correct, before we can really get to grips with the issue of "sustainable development".
The misconception is in equating state and nation, which in reality are two very different things. However, in order to recognise the difference, one must view human nature and the societies it has, over the centuries, given rise and shape to from a human-evolutionary perspective, which a previous generation of academics made a taboo of doing, in overreaction to the Nazis having hijacked and abused, for their own evil purposes, the half-baked ideas of social Darwinism.
Modern states deceitfully pose as nations, in order to legitimise themselves, their ruling elites and the immense power they wield and abuse. There is not enough space here for me to elaborate further, so I will illustrate the difference between state and nation in reference to the film, Avatar, which, if you haven't seen it, you can learn about from Wikipedia.
The indigenous inhabitants of Pandora, the Na'vi, represent a genuine nation, while the Earthling employees of the Resources Development Administration engaged in mining activities on Pandora represent citizens of a state, or states.
This BLOG attempts a human-evolutionary perspective on civilisation.