The “New Urbanism” movement promotes the division of our nation into groups of “mega-cities”, or “city-states”. It now becomes clear why there has been such an aggressive attempt to get all towns connected to, and thus absorbed by, a major neighboring city, so they can be included in that city’s governance scheme, and break down social and economic divisions.

In “The United City-States of America, Mapped – An experiment in redividing the country”, author Nolan Gray, a self-described “process-obsessed city planner”, has actually drawn a map to demonstrate what it would look like if we “dispensed with the continental 48 states and instead divvied up the land into 100 city-states.”

He cites New England as “medieval” and says the state of New Hampshire would be swallowed up by Massachusetts and become a territory of Boston, disappearing entirely.

One also gets the distinct impression that political dilution is on the minds of these planners as well.

Gray calls his exercise a “fun thought experiment”. Let’s hope it goes no further than his thoughts.

Editor’s Note: We were alerted to the notion of city-states when Andrés Duany, a Cuban national and Master Planner from Florida, repeatedly emphasized in his speeches, the importance of cities and the absorption of their neighboring towns and rural areas. Duany has even suggested that Florida merge with Cuba, and Texas with Mexico. Brian Wright, principal planner from TPUDC is one of Duany’s protégés…

Read more about City-States as dreamed of by central planners…

The Return of the City State (and the Slow Death of Nation States)
“The 279 US city mayors who pledged to support the Paris Agreement on climate change in June 2017 are the latest sign of a trend that will crystallise in 2018: the growing prominence and autonomy of cities around the world, on a scale not seen since the age of Renaissance city-states such as Florence or Venice…. The United Nations predicts that by 2030 there will be 41 megacity clusters containing two-thirds of the world’s population.” [This article delves further into the political ramifications of citystates as part of the “global government”.]

“As nations retrench modern city-states emerge”
“This city-state nation-state divide is only expected to grow as the pace of urbanization continues due to the inexorable movement of people in pursuit of their economic mobility, for which cities are often their last beacon of hope. According to the UN, by 2050 66% of the world’s population will be urban dwellers, which profoundly shifts the role of the modern city-state not only in city-level administrative matters, but increasingly in issues of sovereignty typically relegated to state houses…. The tide of diverse, urban and hyper-connected people cannot be stopped, even by the temporary – if shocking – return of nationalism.”

“Return of the city-state – Nation-states came late to history, and there’s plenty of evidence to suggest they won’t make it to the end of the century”
“We are just as deluded that our model of living in ‘countries’ is inevitable and eternal….But the nation-state with its borders, centralised governments, common people and sovereign authority is increasingly out of step with the world. And as Karl Marx observed, if you change the dominant mode of production that underpins a society, the social and political structure will change too.” [Note that this article quotes Karl Marx.]

“The End of the Nation-State” [Shocking acceptance by a ‘libertarian’ and again a mention of Karl Marx.]

A 2018 Seminar at George Mason University – “City-States as Alternatives to Nation-States”

Further reading:

Here are two books, both titled “The End of the Nation State”, written by the former French diplomat Jean-Marie Guéhenno, the other by the Japanese organisational theorist Kenichi Ohmae. These authors “prophesised that power would head up to multinational bodies such as the European Union or the United Nations, or down to regions and cities”.