Values-based grouping

I just watched this TED talk about the end of globalization and where it goes from here.

I don’t fully agree with it – some of the statements are generalizing and simplistic. However, it raised some interesting thoughts.

For the last few decades, globalization has seen a blurring of borders, many times based on geographical proximity. Some examples I could immediately think of include the European Union, North America (in the context of NAFTA), ASEAN etc. There are probably many other, though I’m not as familiar.

What if in the future, we see more blocs coming together of alliances based on value systems instead of geographical attributes? Systems that would include economic policies, population size, diplomatic outlook, technology, human rights advocacy or abuse etc. Are there examples of such grouping already in existence?

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