By Zillah Eisenstein
In Against 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 seems to be 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 truth, whereas the sexualized black slave exchange emerges as an early kind of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the US, India, the Islamic international and Africa envision specified conceptions of what it truly 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 today.
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Capital may not recognize the need for a living wage, but that does not deny the hunger of a hungry body. The wished-for monoculture of global capital exploits people everywhere in each geographical space. This is an inverted notion of unity which binds together an emerging class of people across racial and sexual lines in their homogenized forms of ‘difference’. Because colonialism was global in form, at the start it needed and exploited different cultures. Today’s globalization of capital seeks a more unified, non-national/cultural artifice called the West – and everything else becomes the ‘rest’.