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Brian Eno's monthly column takes in the minor miracles of global regulation taking place every day

By Brian Eno   August 2009

Those of us who fantasise about a future in which the thornier problems facing mankind are managed by miraculous new forms of global governance tend to overlook the fact that there are already several longstanding working examples. These are the global organisations that make sure things carry on working. They are run by the kind of people usually disparaged as “faceless bureaucrats.” I raise my glass to them.

The grandmother of them all must be the General Postal Union, founded in 1874 to establish the protocols by which a letter posted in London can find its way to Istanbul or…

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