Liechtenstein, microstates and the theory and practice of longevity politics

Couple months back I published a 3 part study called The missing political philosophy of microstates: longevity, between survival and luxury; conclusion and action with the following summary:

Microstates are political sovereignties whose minimal spatiality allows them to focus on extended temporality. On one hand, the history of microstates prominently features survival events and dependence on the outer world. On the other hand, the current permissive international system grants unprecedented freedom for microstates to pick-and-choose strategies to prosper and sell sovereign pregoragitves to find their own unique niche. The richness of alternative routes that can be taken, the worlds of possibilities, nurtures luxury in many microstates. Abundance makes microstates overrepresented amongst states as top performers for health care and life expectancy. Health and longevity as top priority political goals faces huge obstacles in bigger, lead political actor states, (under)performing on centre stage. Some microstates have a timely (historical?) chance to take a lead in implementing the most advanced health politics and aim for a niche to participate, organise, conduct, provide infrastructure for projects to develop the biomedical tools needed for ongoing progress in healthy longevity. The first, decisive round of these developments can take place in the shortest amount of time, but only for microstates in a demonstrative way starting small scale to elicit large scale changes. Microstate citizenship schemes can enable participation for the world-wide longevity community. This is normative, active political philosophy here walking on two legs to reach actuality.

The missing political philosophy of microstates: longevity, between survival and luxury; conclusion and action

The timing could not have been better as people from Liechtenstein have just launched the International Institute of Longevity with a website and a meeting with some key stakeholders.

Here’s Prince Michael of Liechtenstein explaining The Geopolitical significance of the longevity sector.

This leads me to the next question, what is the geopolitical importance of this sector?
Prince Michael: What do we see as geopolitics? Geopolitics takes the knowledge of geography, history, economy, demography, ethnicity and culture to explore their influence on politics and economics, and the interdependence between local, regional and global facts. Important drivers in longevity are the economy and demography. We have to look closely at this situation. We have an aging population. The world population will soon start to stagnate and not to grow anymore and the share of aging people will become higher. This has a lot of positive effects, but also some problems and maybe I can start with the problems. First, there are healthcare costs. This will become as I said before, nearly unaffordable. Therefore, we have to see that people stay healthier. The next thing is retirement costs. We will have a problem to pay for that because people are getting older. So we have to look at how people can stay more efficient at work, but also how we can use older people who have a lot of experience. What comes with an aging society is that it is an opportunity as long as people stay healthy and active.

The Geopolitical significance of the longevity sector

Good luck!

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