Information, like energy, is a property of a system. In some sense it comes into existence in the relationship between a "source" and a "processor". Neither energy nor information can be apprehended directly. Both are manifest in changes in the state of a system.
Just as technological and economic innovations in an earlier period underpinned the evolution of the centralized nation state, current innovations are undermining those same states. The great nation states, despite their military prowess, are doomed like the dinosaurs of old, unable, unwilling or insufficiently nimble to meet the threat to their dominance posed by agile virtual organizations that have no sense of national identity.
"You load sixteen tons, what do you get Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don't you call me 'cause I can't go I owe my soul to the company store" From the lyrics of Sixteen Tons, popularized by Tennessee Ernie Ford "Former President Jimmy Carter said Monday [October 7, 2013] that the income gap in the United…
Economic growth has all the earmarks of a Ponzi scheme. The detailed workings vary from place to place and change over time, but certain basic features of the scheme are noteworthy. Each succeeding generation pays into the scheme by undergoing a protracted period of costly education and training. When certified as skilled workers, the rising generation begins to receive ‘interest’ on its ‘investment’ in the form of wages derived from a job, and at the same time continues to contribute to the scheme.