The internet is the new frontier leading a generation with little patience for control and meddling. The babyboomers fell for the illusion of social change through political means working within the system. The system is dysfunctional and ill-suited for complexity - this is becoming a clear reality. There are still world-changers galore among the young, but they aren't going to like it much if bureaucrats begin creeping into cyberspace like virus spies to monitor their activity and curtail their freedom to tweet, blog, socialize and befriend.
The cultural intermingling created by the internet begins transforming society through familiarization and immediate communication. Control of this open communication is practically impossible and definitely unwanted. Connected people from around the goal begin sharing ideas and growing accustomed with this direct contact below the radar of the State, so that non-political relationships are formed and normalization of peaceful intercourse with "foreigners" begins breaking down walls and erasing what used to be cultural barriers made even stronger by State-to-State politically competitive relationships.
Color, religion, political and language differences mean nothing on the internet -- it's human-to-human communication based on common human affinities. Even if a new generation is obsessed with global warming, it's unclear they will want the State to control their lives in the name of saving the planet.
As technological advances are made, companies will find better ways to produce what we need while minimizing the effects on the environment. The incompetence of State management will become evident, and the private sector will step forward. Once it's painfully clear the State and its favorite corporations are not interested in environmentalism, just power, advantage and control, people will begin searching for other routes to accomplish societal goals.
Although Europe may have to advance further into a statist nightmare, there are some signs that even Europeans are beginning to question the competency of statism. China and India are struggling with the quetions of domination and freedom, and there's a possibility capitalism will transform their societies as new generations come online and communications are opened. The Middle East will likely crumble under the weight of religious tyranny and lack of diverse production. Once alternative energy sources are discovered and made practical, the Middle East will be finished, left to rebuild and re-evaluate how their society can fit into the 21st century. Africa could be become a productive and wealthy continent once the tyrants have failed and industrialized countries force them through necessity to become a part of the future.
We are just beginning to see a global march to peaceful trade, cultural interaction and prosperity. Technology coupled with people-to-people connections, outgrowing State dominance, will unleash a new era of mobility, innovation and freedom. Governments can either join this march and get busy with protecting individual rights, or they can become obstacles which have to be removed and replaced. Governments are lagging in the global change toward cooperation and competitive open markets. State structures are wobbling and will not be able to continue their dominance.
As one individual at a time opens up to the new possibilities, there will be a hunger for interaction and cooperation -- for progress. The New World Order will be a spontaneous order, not an order designed by an international cartel of power-mongers. The complexity will so great, pontificating "leaders" will appear as clowns performing to a hearty global laughter.