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Unformatted text preview: this violent process of endless war. Globalization, of course, is not merely an economic process but one that has multiple cultural articulations. Although advocates celebrate the growth of cultural exchange, the greater accessibility to a range of cultural products, and the potential democratization of authoritarian societies through so-called liberatory cultural imports, these cultural transactions are characterized by and depend upon existing economic inequalities between metropolitan centers and the peripheries. 15 | P a g e Capitalism Critique BDL Capitalism Bad Impact – Terrorism [___] [___] Capitalist-driven hegemony fosters terrorism John Bellamy Foster, Professor, University of Oregon, 2001 (“Imperialism and Empire,” Som or Barbarism, however, would appear to suggest an altogether different interpretation , one that sees U.S. imperialism as central to the terror crisis. In this view, the terrorists attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, were not attacking global sovereignty or civilization (it wasn’t the United Nations in New York that was attacked) — much less the values of freedom and democracy as claimed by the U.S. state — but were deliberately targeting the symbols of U.S. financial and military power, and thus of U.S. global power. As unjustifiable as these terrorist acts were in every sense, they nonetheless belong to the larger history of U.S. imperialism and the attempt of the U.S. to establish global hegemony — particularly to the history of its interventions in the Middle East. Further, the United States responded not through a process of global constitutionalism, nor in the form of a mere police action, but imperialistically by unilaterally declaring war on international terrorism and setting loose its war machine on the Taliban government in Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, the U.S. military is seeking to destroy terrorist forces that it once played a role in creating. Far from adhering to its own constitutional principles in the international domain the U.S. has long supported terrorist groups whenever it served its own imperialist designs , and has itself carried out state terrorism, killing civilian populations. Its new war on terrorism, Washington has declared, may require U.S. military intervention in numerous countries beyond Afghanistan — with such nations as Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines already singled out as possible locales for further interventions. All of this, coupled with a worldwide economic downturn and increased repression in the leading capitalist states, seems to suggest that capital’s “destructive uncontrollability” is coming more and more to the fore. Imperialism, in the process of blocking autocentric development — i.e., in perpetuating the development of underdevelopment — in the periphery, has bred terrorism, which has blown back on the leading imperialist state itself, creating a spiral of destruction without apparent end. Since global government is impossible under capitalism, but necessary in the more globalized reality of today, the system, Mészáros insists, is thrown increasingly upon the “extreme violent rule of the whole world by one hegemonic imperialist country on a permanent basis: an...absurd and unsustainable way of running the world order.” (p. 73)...
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