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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 appears to a world anti-war flow 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 exchange emerges as an early type of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the US, India, the Islamic international and Africa envision special conceptions of what it truly is to be absolutely, 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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It is telling that the US is so often unwilling both to sign covenants that simply recognize liberal democratic rights and to be held accountable to them. Yet well-known columnist Thomas Friedman assumes that the US sets the standard of democracy; that although the US makes mistakes, nothing much good happens without us. 20 Rhetoric like Friedman’s is much of the problem. The US appropriates ‘democracy’ for its own global agenda, and displaces ‘terrorism’ to others elsewhere. I agree that terrorism is immoral, but as Baudrillard says, globalization is immoral as well; and terrorism is defiant of imperial globalization.

For a while in Atlanta I just tried to hide. I never invited anyone home. I had little to say to my parents. In order to get to school I walked through my working- and middle-class Black neighborhood into a Eisenstein 02 28 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 28 AGAINST EMPIRE white working-class and poor section which surrounded Brown High. I sometimes would get stares at the start of my walk, but by the time I was close to school I would be bullied. I painfully remember hating my life then. I never blended in.

David Halbfinger and Steven Holmes, “Military Mirrors a Working-class America”, New York Times, March 30, 2003, p. A1. 33. Scott Baldauf, “Letter from Afghanistan”, The Nation, vol. 276, no. 16 (April 28, 2003), pp. 24–8. 34. For an important discussion of gender and militarism see Cynthia Enloe, Does Khaki Become You? (Boston: South End Press, 1983); and her Bananas, Beaches and Bases, Making Feminist Sense of International Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1989). 35. Jodi Wilgoren, “The New War Brings New Role for Women”, New York Times, March 28, 2003, B1.

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