Barnett backs Barak

See his reasoning here. Compelling (though I was pro-Obama to begin with).

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Curious about the ways humans use their minds and hearts to distract themselves from the meaninglessness of life.
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2 Responses to Barnett backs Barak

  1. ganselmi says:

    I’m also an Obama supporter, however, I’m not sure I buy Barnett’s post-ideological society picture of globalization. You could describe the 90s perhaps as a time when, generally-speaking, ideological narrative were in recession, while purely economic globalization was rapidly transforming the globe. I’m not sure if the current conjuncture could be characterized similarly.

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  2. Huenemann says:

    Barnett does discuss this at the end of BFA. He thinks that generally we’re heading towards a post-state world, where economic and cultural connections frankly matter more, and he thinks this is on the whole a good thing. He cites a lot of data to suggest that globalization is helping much more than hurting. Yes, you get McDonalds everywhere, but also (and not causally related to this point!) fewer starving people. I mean that starvation, in real numbers and not just percentages, is down (though still far too high, of course).

    The US’s response to 9/11 it seems, has put some hurt on globalization. But there is some reason to think (see last Wednesday’s NYT “Dealbook” section) that globalization is going to happen whether the US govt is promoting it or not.

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