The New World Order Ideology and Africa
Understanding and Appreciating Ambiguity, Deceit and Recapture of Decolonized Spaces
Publication Year: 2010
Published by: African Books Collective
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The New World Order ideology is an epistemic strategy that has been crucial for western global designs to enjoy ambiguity, deceive and recapture the world and fashion it in its own image. Historically, by hiding the location of the subject of enunciation, European/Euro-American colonial expansion and domination was able to construct a hierarchy of superior and inferior knowledge and, thus, of superior and inferior people around the world. This...
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Today, the predominant motif in investigations into questions concerning the nature and possibilities of contemporary world order ideology has been that of ‘empire’. A small industry of speculations on the imperial nature of our times has appeared since late 2001. The texts under consideration here are not in limited supply. For instance, David Harvey’s The New Imperialism and Michael Mann’s Incoherent Empire, Alain Joxe’s The Empire of Disorder...
Chapter One: Why Ideology?
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The purpose of ideology is to provide a simplified and normative description of the world. It both represents and distorts reality in some preferential way to empower a certain group. World Order or neoliberal capitalism is the ideology of the capitalist “sharks” as late President Julius Nyerere of Tanzania would say. It thus serves to enshrine capitalism and to legitimate the position of the corporate capitalists in our society. It is the ideology of...
Chapter Two: Conceptions of Ideology
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Definitions of ideology are commonly split between “Marxist” or “non Marxist.” For example, see Bourdieu (1977:17-33). One warning—there is no single Marxist definition of ideology, for throughout Marx’s writing contradictory views on ideology have been raised. From the popular definitions of “false consciousness” to the sustaining of class interests, Marx has been read in extremely diverse and dissimilar ways. Here are some...
Chapter Three: Normative Dimension of Ideology
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The study of ideology necessarily has a normative dimension. It cannot be value free but must presuppose a view about what is good and bad, advantageous and disadvantageous, just and unjust. The analyst cannot describe and analyze ideological effects without reference to concepts like truth or justice. She must make interpretive judgments about what social conditions are like, and she must also make judgments about whether a way...
Chapter Four: New World Order as Ideology of Recapture
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Contemporary world order is a complex, contested and interconnected order. This world order, its rules and institutions that circumscribe the structures of power, is in a process of change, putting stress on the order. The traditional world order based on the primacy of interstate or geopolitical relations is being injected with other ordering principles such as the world order of global politics and global governance. Implicitly, a recapture of decolonized...
Chapter Five: World Order Economics
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Starting with the rise of economic neo-liberalism and the global capitalist assault on the working class in the 1980s and the uncompromising and determined policy of crushing all opposition to its rule around the world, military might became indispensible to New World Order Economics. Massive pouring of resources into the military industrial complex and the massive tax cuts for the rich in the United States resulted in the first trillion...
Chapter Six: Neoliberal Economic “Paradise Lost”: Africa’s Record
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Around the world, especially Africa, neo-liberal policies in the form of austerity measures are imposed by powerful multilateral financial institutions like the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank, and WTO. Aided by these supra-national agencies, global capitalism is steered on the path prescribed by the neo-liberal economic policy (market orientation, privatization and deregulation) for the ultimate goal of creating smooth...
Chapter Seven: History, War, And Ideology in Africa’s Context
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In theoretical perspective, the mapping of a truly hegemonic global capitalist World Order actually started in earnest in the period immediately after World War Two, the beginning of the era of what Ernst Mandel called “late capitalism.” The concerted efforts toward a strong bloc of capitalist States with overwhelming political, economic and military power involved the incorporation of colonial and post-colonial social formations as reproducible...
Chapter Eight: The New World Order Ideological Weapons of Mass Deception: The Neoliberal Media Machine
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Neoliberal ideas are as old as capitalism itself, but in recent decades they have seen a tremendous resurgence and have displaced the state-interventionist economic theories of the interwar and post-World War II periods to become the reigning ideology of our time. The aim of this chapter is threefold: first, to examine the ways in which the market economy framework and the elites condition culture and mass media; second, to discuss the relationship of the...
Chapter Nine: The New World Order State Syndrome
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In 1919, Woodrow Wilson presented his self-righteous Fourteen Points of utopian liberty to the world while at home, a series of immigration quota acts based of racial discrimination were passed; government persecution and deportation of leftists became the unconstitutional and illegal response when 4 million workers went on strike in 1919 and Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, both Italian immigrant anarchists, were arrested, convicted on...
Chapter Ten: New World Order Militarism, Africa’s Resources and Transnational Crime
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Beyond social and financial security, a sovereign state is responsible for the military security of the nation. In the US political system, foreign security and domestic security are clearly separated to prevent the emergence of militarism. Protecting the nation from foreign enemies outside of US borders is the responsibility of the US armed forces. Domestic or homeland security is the responsibility of the National Guard, the local police, the Coast Guard...
Chapter Eleven: Miltarized World Order Quest for Africa’s Wealth
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Corporate capital has expanded its political and military power that it only grudgingly recognizes boundaries to its restless ambitions. Across its history this hegemonic ideological system has followed a path of continuous and violent expansion, colonizing whatever it could, including nations, cultures, working peoples, resources, all of nature—indeed anything that could be turned into profitable commodities. Its vast arsenal of doomsday weapons...
Chapter Twelve: Rethinking the Response: New World Order Ideology and “Democra-Cide”
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Today the global corporate system constitutes an ominous threat to both human and nonhuman life, an exploitative, repressive, and unsustainable juggernaut that treats all living beings as resources within a swollen production and marketing regime, as disposable commodities far removed from any moral status. This is theoretically myopic in that such addictive human behavior can seem to justify an impulse to ignore the moral and...
Chapter Thirteen: Summary and Conclusions
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The New World Order model espouses economic, political, ideological and cultural change on a global scale. Its economic project of neoliberalism proposes privatization, a free-market economy, and producing for the export market. To impose its set of values, it destroys the family and reduces grassroots organization to a minimum. Neoliberalism is a strategy of capitalism...
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Page Count: 280
Publication Year: 2010