There is reciprocal movement between the general and the particular – for example, we can find similar transformations wrought by globalized capitalism in various countries and regions, such as the rise of transnationally oriented fractions of the elite, the transnationalization of the state, novel economic activities tied to the global economy, social polarization, and so on.
Nation-state/interstate paradigms place a particular template over complex reality. Everything has to fall into place within the template – its logic, the picture it portrays. Explanations cannot be outside the template. In this sense, nation-state-centric paradigms are blinders. Facts, we know, don’t “speak for themselves.” These blinders prevent us from interpreting facts in new ways that provide greater explanatory power with regard to novel developments in the late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century world.
Crises are key conjunctures when significant structural – and in rare historic moments, systemic – change becomes possible, that is, when all things are not equal as the fault lines of structure are revealed. Exploration of the global crisis involves conjunctural analysis nested in an historical approach and informed by structural analysis.
==Global Capitalism and the Crisis of Humanity (Robinson, William I.)
The unfortunate souls who lost their lives and those of their loved ones on the mountain sides of Nepal, recipients of the earths wrath, had no idea what was brewing beneath their feet. But, the pressures of the tectonic plates that originally formed the mountain ranges of Everest were building for an explosive release, the result of inevitable processes of nature and earth.
So as well are the pressures now building in America and around the Western world as civilizational, cultural, political and economic dynamics are undergoing inevitable, evolutionary epochal shifts and are giving every indication of a massive, tectonic release that is soon in the offing. The end of the nation-state, the end of national imperialism, the end of the Anglo-Saxon protestant values that defined the founding enlightenment milieu of America, the end of moral, ethical and religious absolutes-the end of the remnants of freedom and the fall of the mythologies of American exceptionalism and democracy. All accelerated by an elites understanding that in order to save the State and entrench the new transnational aristocracy, the nation must be destroyed. The tectonic plates are moving beneath our feet. The inevitable explosion is soon upon us.
On Saturday night, the city of Baltimore resembled a warzone as protests over the death of Freddie Gray turned wildly violent. One eyewitness reported watching the streets around him and his friend “turn into madness” as they left a baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles. Car windows were smashed, stores…
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“If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States. There are probably several hundred thousand if we narrow the definition to include only those who in their search for money and power are ruthless and deceitful.” The Danger of American Fascism, Henry A. Wallace, 1944