By Eric Cazdyn, Imre Szeman

In energetic and unflinching prose, Eric Cazdyn and Imre Szeman argue that modern considered the realm is disabled by means of a deadly flaw: the shortcoming to imagine "an after" to globalization. After developing seven theses (on schooling, morality, historical past, destiny, capitalism, country, and customary experience) that problem the fake supplies that maintain this time-limit, After Globalization examines 4 well known thinkers (Thomas Friedman, Richard Florida, Paul Krugman and Naomi Klein) and the way their paintings is dulled by means of those gives you. Cazdyn and Szeman then converse to scholars from world wide who're either unconvinced and tired of those provides and who comprehend the area very in a different way than how it is popularly represented.

After Globalization argues precise skill to imagine an after to globalization is the very starting of politics today.

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32 The texts we are examining are not by reporters, but by commentators who frequently offer insights on the op-ed pages. Though the op-ed pages began as the space of opinion in a medium otherwise comprised of fact (the very admission of perspective and partiality in one part of the newspaper functioning to render the rest impartial through the logic of difference), it has come to serve a different purpose. Since the news focuses on “breaking” events and tries to capture audience interest by focusing on new stories and situations, journalism can lend itself to a form of cultural amnesia.

We call this an undisciplined rigor, a mode of thought that necessarily challenges education. Education will not save us. Thesis 2: Morality will not save us The most common way of naming the causes of the errors and problems of the world is through moral categories. Right or wrong, good or evil: if something has come undone or gone badly astray, or, on the contrary, if things have worked out or some uncommon valor has been displayed, these are the concepts we trot out (as Obama said: “Evil does exist in the world”).

26 Part of the attraction to Obama was his background and his unlikely ascension to the top of the US political structure. But, and especially for those outside of the United States, most impressive was his intelligence and respect for fair and critical scrutiny (of history and cultural difference in particular). Of course, Obama’s appeal was in response to the growing antipathy toward George W. Bush, the leader who ridiculed intellectuals as quickly as he dismissed analytic work. Bush’s favor for a folksy gut feeling and his explicit reliance on religious conviction to guide political decision making might work fine in the United States, but rarely for those abroad on the receiving end of its 29 The Afterlife of Globalization reductions and cartoon-like representations.

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