Author: Colin Mooers
Translator(s)/ Edito: Colin Mooers
Publisher: Colin Mooersiva
ISBN/UPC (if available): 185168462X
Less than fifty years after the last throes of colonialism, a new imperialism is engulfing the globe. Intent on the expansion of Western capitalism rather than direct political domination, it is nevertheless underpinned by overwhelming military force.
“These very timely and wide-ranging essays make an enormous contribution to understanding American imperialism – and criticizing the apologists for it.”
Professor Leo V. Panitch, Senior Canada Research Chair,
York University, Toronto, Canada.
“Colin Mooers has brought together a set of incisive essays that lay bare the ideological rhetorics of empire in this neoliberal, post-Soviet era of globalized militarism.”
Aijaz Ahmad, author of Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Imperialism of
In this landmark work, ten influential writers, including Tariq Ali, Ellen Meiksins Wood, and Aziz Al-Azmeh, question the intellectual justifications that underpin the ‘New imperialism’ of the United States. Dismissing as self-delusional the official rhetoric of democracy, human right, and liberty, they expose the ideological roots and broader motivations behind the American invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, and their implications for the wider world.
Arguing that capitalist interests can only be policed on a global scale through the use of disproportionate military might, raising the specter of perpetual war, they point out the potentially ruinous consequences this would have on the very freedom and democracy that the New Imperialists claim as their own. Inclusive and passionately argued, this book is a chilling warming against intellectual complicity, and a vital tool for understanding global politics today.
Introduction: The New Watchdogs
Democracy as Ideology of Empire
Ellen Meiksins Wood
After the Fact:
Reading Tocqueville in Baghdad
Tortured Civilizations: Islam and the West
Gender, Political Islam, and Imperialism
Imperial Narcissism: Michael Ignatieff’s Apologies for Empire
Nostalgia for Empire: Revising Imperial History for
When Might is Right: Ancient Lamentations, Straussian
Ministrations and American Dispensation
Praising Empire: Neoliberalism under Pax Americana
American Soft Power, or, American Cultural Imperialism?
U.N. Imperialism: Unleashing Entrepreneurship in the