Edited by Steven C. Roach
Chapter 11: Critical international relations and the global organic crisis
The central hypothesis for this chapter is that the intensification of the power of capital in an expanding market civilization is generating a multifaceted organic crisis for the people and the planet. The crisis presents moments of danger and opportunity for political forces and struggles between old and new – concerning the future of society, ecology and world order. This situation forms a central if not the central problématique for the critical study of international relations for the foreseeable future. To advance this hypothesis I discuss: (1) aspects of power, justice, ethics and transformation related to: (2) an ontology of world order; (3) many morbid symptoms, including debt and dispossession; (4) government by plutocracy and (5) politics of the “extreme centre”. I suggest that (6) dominant frameworks of governance premised on delusions concerning “business as usual” cannot meaningfully address the depths of the global organic crisis and in response, I offer some critical alternatives.
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