“One’s loyalty to market principles allows one to be both a patriot defending American interests and a market globalist…the idea that nobody is in charge serves neoliberal political agenda of defending and expanding American global hegemony.” – Steger
A central theme of our class has been to recognize the specific cultural and historical meanings of apparently universal symbols. We have explored how a world map or picture of the Earth from outer space are intrinsically colonial. This week, we were confronted with the universalizing rhetoric of globalization, and concluded that it is global only in its own utopian imagination. The globalizing world is limited to few countries, and its processes serve the interests of the so-called global North.