E ways Abrahamian focuses on #The Issues Of Those People #issues of those people are not egally or officially recognized as citizens of any country I would argue that a significant part of the population in the US doesn t have to worry about that I know I certainly didn t But for people who were The Redemption of Holly Dobson legally in a country until they suddenly weren tife is close to a guessing game The book also Under His Skin looks at countries who are not well off economically and how business people can take advantages by buying and selling citizenship This is what happens when whole countries have agreements to honor the passports and citizenship of other countries It s politically and economically convenient and apparently it s also a pretty successful business But countries that weren t well off to begin with still aren t well off It s sort ofike having the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil police brutality unemployment political instability and horrendous violations and rape of women aren t going away anytime soonI m Hate living in a time where my passport isn t a big deal I mean I can t just goive in Italy but my passport will get me there and home and I won t be arrested and moved to some other country that I ve never known And I don t think the possibility of a President Donald Trump will change that necessarily But man we re talking a ot about borders these days and it s worrisome that all it takes is a politician s signature that can so dramatically change the worldThere really is no closure to this issue of course it s still happening But I think it really effectively brings up the concept of borders and how often we rely on them and on the ideals of nationalism I also have to give to the author Abrahamian does a fantastic job of relaying the information in an objective *clear and powerful way This isn t to say that she doesn t have a message *and powerful way This isn t to say that she doesn t have a message she s the information speak for itself I am absolutely using this book in my writing class and I m in reading of the Columbian Global Reports They re short easy to read and significant A fascinating thought provoking book about citizenship in the 21st centuryThe book s main story arc covers a group of stateless people known as the bidoon who ive in Middle Eastern countries Sturm-Liouville Problems like the UAE and Kuwait As non citizens of the countries they inhabit the bidoon are denied many of the benefits that full citizens enjoyThe oil rich Middle Eastern governments did not want to grant their own citizenship to the bidoon so they instead hatched a fanciful scheme to give the bidoon citizenship of Comoros a tiny impoverished island nation thousands of miles away off the coast of AfricaIn exchange for selling Comorion passports to the bidoon in the Middle East the Comoros would receive a much needed injection of funds For their part the Arabs hoped to ease the pressure coming from the international. Ch or poor intentional or unwitting from 1 percenters who own five passports thanks to tax havens to the Bidoon the stateless people of countriesike the United Arab Emirates Journalist Atossa Abrahamian herself a cosmopolite travels around the globe to meet the people who have come to embody an increasingly fluid borderless worldAlong the way you are introduced to a colorful cast of characters inclu.Community who were demanding they solve the bidoon s stateless status The reader gets treated to a wonderful piece of *investigative journalism around how the whole affair played outHowever the part of The Cosmopolites which *journalism around how the whole affair played outHowever the part of The Cosmopolites which enjoyed the most was the author s probing inuiry into the concept of citizenship itself in our globalizing worldNation based citizenship is something which most people take for granted because it has been the
ONLY SYSTEM WE HAVE REALLY KNOWNsystem we have really known our ifetimes It originated in the Treaty of Westphalia of 1648 It might be ong overdue for a shake up As Abrahamian writes The nation state system was neither humanity s first conception of citizenship nor will it be the astGiven the greater international mobility many people now enjoy their identity is often not so easily categorized into one particular place Add to that the fact that many of the world s most crtitical challenges are global rather than Brainteaser Physics local in scopeIn particular the book raises two contrasting visions of those who dream of a world without bordersFirst the rejection of all citizenship and politics going all the way back to the Cynic school of ancient Greek philosophy In the book this is characterised by Roger Ver a radicalibertarian tech entrepreneur who wants to opt out of interference from the state and create a kind of Galt s Gulch of Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged where he can exist free from the reach of any goverment infringement on personal Collecting Shakespeare liberty including the obligation to pay taxesSecond a universal concept of citizenship which envisions all humankind united under a global government The only slightlyess ancient Stoic school of Greek philosophy advocates this and so too did Garry Davis the deceased founder of the World Service Authority granting the unrecognized World PassportMy main criticism of The Cosmopolites is that I wish some of the very interesting developments in this space could have been fleshed out The Seasteading Institute Bitcoin and Estonia s e residency were all mentioned but only in passingHowever The Cosmopolites raises some very topical uestions especially since as Abrahamian notes such so much of The Phenomena and Diosemeia of Aratus lives are now onlineI will finish this review with my favorite uestion the book poses What does citizenship become when it becomes detached from any kind of civic engagement and political identification when it is a matter of convenience not community What are the states when members of a community noonger feel a particular kinship or oyalty to any particular place Some are born citizens some purchase citizenship and some have citizenship thrust upon them this in a nutshell provides the narrative arc to Abrahamian s wonderful ittle book At its analytic core this book is an account of the rise of the passport sales industry pioneered by various passport entrepreneurs who have figured Ding passport burning atheist hackers the new Knights of Malta California Early FM Radio libertarian seasteaders who are residents of floating city states Bidoons who have been forced to be citizens of the island nation Comoros entrepreneurs in the business of buying and selling passports cosmopolites whoive on a uxury cruise ship called The World and shady businessmen with ties to Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. ,
Summary The CosmopolitesAt first I tread through this book extremely cautiously *AS I REMEMBERED THAT HISTORICAL DON T TREAD ON *I remembered that historical don t tread on type saying but ater on I found Abrahamian s style incredibly harmless positive and constructive for this brave new world that we are building togetherAbout halfway through I remembered to check the back for the endnotes She does not note where each comment is inserted where it is meant but I am OK with that as what she had to say intrigued meIt encouraged me to check out the paper Al Jazeera a ittle bit often Beforehand I thought maybe I shouldn t since I was honestly just willing to hide in my closet with my cats since the world is a terrifying place But seriously my International Relations professor discussed
AL JAZEERA RIGHT ALONGSIDE THE NEWJazeera right alongside the New Times Why not There s a couple of interesting story arcs in this anthology of extra citizenship and a tolerable minimum of filler There s in the way of uncritical reporting than actual analysis though every mention of Bitcoin makes my teeth itch Fascinating stuff I wish it had expanded a ittle bit to discuss global immigration trends or trends with regard to visas and passports Nonetheless it goes into some really det This is a marvelous book I knew virtually nothing about how citizenships are sold nowadays by the rich who want useful passports either for international travel or to avoid taxes eg did you know that one of Facebooks co founders renounced his US citizenship in order to avoid taxes as well as by the poor Kuwait the Emirates etc are trying to get rid of their stateless population by deporting them with freshly bought passports Definitely gets you to think about the concept of a nation and borders 2500 years after the first cynics and stoics hated the idea and thought of themselves as being cosmopolites This was an interesting book but it wasn t as varied as I had expected I started re reading this book during uarantine because of the situation we re all faced inThis book is a great read as it examines a good variety of ways citizenship has been commercialized and also in a sense weaponized wealthy and white you re an expat hard working and from a third world country you re an immigrant poor or black or on the brink of death you re a migrant the sale of citizenshipspeaks to the arbitrariness of the concept of belonging to a nation to begin with One of my colleagues recommended this book though I can t recall how he or she used it or the subject matter of the class I currently teach a writing class and am interested in using a theme *Of Global Engagementcitizenship So This Looks Interesting It S Absolutely *global engagementcitizenship so this The Intentional Brain looks interesting It s absolutely what I was expectingI figured the book would be about seeing beyond national borders to see ourselves as citizens of the entire world thus making international concerns our own and that was actually not far off in som. The cosmopolites areiterally citizens of the world from the Greek word kosmos meaning world and polites or citizen Garry Davis aka World Citizen No 1 and creator of the World Passport was a former Broadway actor and World War II bomber pilot who renounced his American citizenship in 1948 as a form of protest against nationalism sovereign borders and war Today there are cosmopolites of all stripes ri.