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Wells: Can networks supplant nations? A Silicon Valley radical makes the case

Who wouldn’t secede from their neighbours if they could? Sure, maybe the people living right next door are cool. But somewhere on your floor or down the block there’s somebody who keeps strange hours, thinks odd thoughts or gives you grief about your lawn. To make the hypothetical case a bit more pointed, maybe your dispute with the neighbours is over COVID vaccination status or the merits of the Ottawa trucker convoy. Meanwhile on Slack or Signal you’re in constant contact with people who agree with you about everything you value. Why not just draw a border around the people who agree with you and shut everyone else out?

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