Rebellion has posted a link to an interview on National Public Radio (of all places) on Parag Khanna's new book, How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance, which argues that letting minorities break away from one-size-fits-all central governments is the best path toward peace.
Different cultures embrace different standards of social arrangements, and forcing others to conform to one, "universal" standard only worsens conflicts between peoples. Left to chart their own course, says Khanna, allows them to preserve their traditional way of life, and to create a compatible governmental structure.
The result will be a world where all peoples will be able to live in conditions most conducive to their own happiness, which will lead toward greater harmony and mutually beneficial relations with other peoples.
Old Rebel's comment is one that I can easily echo: "Wow. I'm still not used to being mainstream. It's fun, though slightly disorienting."