Dr. Richard A. Griggs of the University of Capetown writes extensively about the principle of subsidiarity, where social organization takes place at the most appropriate levels to resolve problems or manage coordination. The basic concept behind this decentralization, or the devolving of power to regional or national groups within modern state structures, is that enduring ancient nations and regional relationships not only preceded the assimilating and occupying states, but they also provide a unique, authentic cultural heritage essential to even modern man’s well-being.
As Dr. Griggs observes in his papers dealing mostly with the evolving state and economic boundaries of Europe and Southern Africa, the state form — while becoming largely an anachronism for all but political and military purposes — is now in the process worldwide of being divided along the ancient cultural faultlines that correspond with the submerged nations now resurfacing as a result of organic nationalism converging with economic, environmental, and social forces seeking greater autonomy and stability.
For those who’d like to learn more, Dr. Griggs’ papers are available through the Center for World Indigenous Studies’ Fourth World Documentation Program located in the Chief George Manuel Memorial Library .
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