After the Autumn of the Patriarch (was Re: New Economy, Mid East)

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Mon Oct 16 08:09:32 PDT 2000

>>> furuhashi.1 at 10/15/00 11:48AM >>>
Edward Said, alas, can't see the connection between the ghastly Peace Process and the dreadful dissolution of Yugoslavia. As Heartfield notes, "Without Soviet support, the PLO accepted America's offer of a negotiated solution that would recognize the sovereign claims of both Israel and the Palestinians." And with the collapse of the USSR, the Evil Empire saw no reason to keep Yugoslavia as a non-aligned buffer between East and West. The end of the Soviet Union, the end of anti-imperial nationalism & progressive pan-Arabism (e.g., Palestinian struggles for statehood & against American-Israeli colonialism), the end of market socialism that depended upon the delicate balance of power between East and West (= socialist Yugoslavia), the end of social democracy, the end of corporatism & import substitution, the end of anti-communist dictatorship (e.g., Mobutu, Suharto, etc.), the end of the pacifist and/or anti-imperialist Left in the West (e.g., the German Greens).... This is what you call post-modern conditions. Post-Modern = Post-Soviet. And the post-Soviet conditions began _even_ before the formal end of the Soviet Union (= the overthrow of Ferdinando Marcos, the invasion of Panama, the Gulf War, etc. which saw the Evil Empire turning against its erstwhile allies Marcos, Noriega, & Hussein).


CB: And New Economy = Post-Soviet Economy

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