Against Empire: Feminisims, Racism and 'the' West by Zillah Eisenstein

By Zillah Eisenstein

In opposed to Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization. confronted with an competitive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently selling the narrowest of pursuits, she appears to be like to an international anti-war circulate to counter US energy. relocating past the distortions of mainstream historical past, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed methods of seeing. Eisenstein insists that the so-called West is as a lot fiction as fact, whereas the sexualized black slave alternate emerges as an early type of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the United States, India, the Islamic global and Africa envision precise conceptions of what it really is to be totally, polyversally, human. desire for a extra peaceable, simply and happier global lies, she believes, within the understandings and activism of ladies this present day.

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Today’s globalization of capital seeks a more unified, non-national/cultural artifice called the West – and everything else becomes the ‘rest’. So, given global capital, the West as such is everywhere, and loses its specificity. It – the so-called West – becomes the universal in and of itself; and colonialism and imperialism evaporate into globalization. But, as this has been in process since the early 1970s, it is culminating in the twenty-first century in a more unilateral singular form. The West has become the US because no other country can compete with US militarism at this time.

US military might breeds anti-Americanism among Europeans, Latin Americans, Asians, and so on because the US flaunts power, and ignores all restraints. 9 Even Salman Rushdie, who embraces much of the dichotomy between Islam and the West, warns the US after the war in Afghanistan: “This is not the time to ignore the rest of the world and decide to go it alone. ”10 In this process the rest of humanity become the polyglot of diversity, supplying the unity of capital. This is hardly an embrace of multiplicity Eisenstein 02 28/6/04 1:57 pm 34 Page 34 AGAINST EMPIRE but rather a corralling of it for a problematic unity of exploitation.

Only the bravest of women walk without their sky-blue burqas. The situation in the country is getting worse and worse. It is still in critical need of roads, and schools, and jobs. Foreign aid workers are held up at gunpoint and are unable to do their jobs. Yet Bush no longer speaks about the reconstruction of Afghanistan. 33 Osama bin Laden is still missing. US troops will continue to hunt the Taliban, and to attempt peacekeeping in Iraq. Meanwhile an interim Eisenstein 01 28/6/04 1:57 pm 16 Page 16 AGAINST EMPIRE regime in Iraq initially headed by retired Lieutenant-General Jay Garner oversees the flow of oil, which does not bode well for democracy.

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