Ernest Sternberg: Purifying the World: What the New Radical Ideology Stands For
|No. 6305||December 17, 2009|
The past decade has seen the coalescence of a new ideology that envisions social movements in a cataclysmic struggle against global capitalist Empire. Controlled by U.S. militarism and multinational corporations, in cahoots with Zionism, Empire contaminates environments and destroys cultures. Its defeat will bring about a new era of social justice and sustainable development, in which the diverse cultures harmoniously share the earth. Is this a totalitarian ideology? From fascist and communist precedents, we learn that lovers of renewed humanity are not sufficiently motivated by abstract ideals. They must also identify humanity’s enemy, the cause of all suffering. Equipped with a scapegoat, diverse communities can achieve solidarity through shared execration.
SPME Faculty Forum Editor's note:
The full article appears in Orbis (Foreign Policy Research Institute) Winter 2010
Professor Sternberg is a member of the Board of Directors of Scholars for Peace in the Middle East.