The Decline of American Power by Immanuel Wallerstein
The U.S. in a Chaotic World

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The United States in decline? Its admirers and detractors alike claim the opposite: that America is now in a position of unprecedented global supremacy. But in fact, Immanuel Wallerstein argues, a more nuanced evaluation of recent history reveals that America has been fading as a global power since the end of the Vietnam War, and its response to the terrorist attacks of September 11 looks certain to hasten that decline. In this provocative collection, the visionary originator of world-systems analysis and the most innovative social scientist of his generation turns a practiced analytical eye to the turbulent beginnings of the 21st century. Touching on globalization, Islam, racism, democracy, intellectuals, and the state of the Left, Wallerstein upends conventional wisdom to produce a clear-eyed—and troubling$mdash;assessment of the crumbling international order.

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Immanuel Wallerstein is a Senior Research Scholar at Yale University, and author most recently of Decline of American Power; Utopistics; and After Liberalism.
Published May 10, 2011 by New Press, The. 324 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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To these assumptions Wallerstein adds the cheerful prediction that capitalism as we now know it will disappear in the coming century, once the world left stops affording it survival “on the basis of the nonfulfillment of liberal rhetoric.” What might replace it, of course, is anyone’s guess, thou...

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