Friday, April 16, 2010

If Somalialand Has It, Can Any Self-Respecting Nation Be Without?

One of Bill Clinton's most enduring contributions to American life is his insistence that definitions matter:

The Economist has an interesting article on the definition and attributes of a nation.
Somaliland, has met this standard with increasing impressiveness since it declared independence in 1991. It has a currency, car registrations and even biometric passports.

2 comments:

  1. True sovereignty is demonstrated by a state having two attributes:

    1.) It's own airline.

    2.) It's own brand of beer.

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  2. Actually, my Poli Sci 101 prof explained that a sovereign nation is one that can lawfully kill its own citizens.

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