This blog post contains an interview with Parag Khanna, who is the author of the book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization”. The maps included in the book show measures of connectivity and economics rather than standard geographical borders. Maps focus on items such as mega-cities and their economic output relative to the countries they are in, the United States broken into 7 economic regions (suggesting that the current system of 50 states is not a modern construct), trade throughout North America, climate change and how it would affect food production, and Asian transport pipelines.
- The arc of global history is undeniably bending toward integration.
- In almost all countries, cities have all the economic mass and most of the population, and people are moving to cities by the hundreds of millions.
- The good news for America is we have so many major cities that we have a distributed economy.
“Khanna is the author of the new book “Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization,” in which he argues that the arc of global history is undeniably bending toward integration.”