You’re suggesting as actual politics a decade old Thomas Freidman trope.
Technology has created a flat earth where we can participate as equals
It gives us Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates but something much more. It gives us informed, enabled and empowered citizens precisely because we can learn, talk and act together to solve the critical challenges of a world in which the poor get poorer, the planet burns and democracy is in crisis, because traditional politics can’t reverse either inequality or climate change.
The old icebergs of state and corporation are dissolving into a fluid sea where action only becomes meaningful in concert with others. The waves of change demand interconnections, because we know all of us together are smarter than any one of us on our own.
My suspicion is that Neal Lawson is actually an algorithm, a not very good one, programmed to mine Freidman’s old columns and then present them as something new for the UK market. That the original columns actually make more sense is a guide to the quality of the ‘bot here.