"Damned if you do; damned if you don’t" voices the strategic impasse the USA finds itself in today. Liberal interventionism and globalization—the two pillars of the international system—seem not to work. Explaining the inability of Western powers to enact wise initiatives, Corradi explores the de-coupling of political systems: we are connected with each other but disconnected from policy makers. The paradox of increased connectivity and collective disengagement sets a perverse dynamic between publics and elites, with a serious impact on world affairs. Corradi analyzes the social bases of present dilemmas and how incipient decline can be managed, and paralysis overcome.
Table of Contents
We Have a Problem
Running Amok, or the End of Capitalism as We Know It
The Failure of Alternatives
The New Ancien Régime
The Mindless Mind, or the New Wiles of Propaganda
Another Rubicon? Reflections on Defeasance in the West
Behemoth Lite: National-Populist Democracy and Its Impact on Strategy
When Nobody Minds the Shop
Geostrategic Rivalries in a Period of Potential Deglobalization
After Pax Americana: Ten Theses on Geopolitical Disarray
Dr. Juan E. Corradi is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at New York University and the author of the book, South of the Crisis: Latin American Perspectives on the Late Capitalist World (Anthem Press, 2010). As a native Latin American teaching in the USA, his work in cultural sociology has informed his scholarship on world affairs for four decades.