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By Zillah Eisenstein

ISBN-10: 1842773941

ISBN-13: 9781842773949

In opposed to Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization. confronted with an competitive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently selling the narrowest of pursuits, she appears to an international anti-war flow to counter US energy. relocating past the distortions of mainstream heritage, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed methods of seeing. Eisenstein insists that the so-called West is as a lot fiction as fact, whereas the sexualized black slave exchange emerges as an early type of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the United States, India, the Islamic international and Africa envision particular conceptions of what it truly is to be absolutely, polyversally, human. desire for a extra peaceable, simply and happier global lies, she believes, within the understandings and activism of ladies this present day.

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President Bush claims to have an inclusive cabinet because different colors of flesh appear. But this singularizes inclusivity to the realm of color. His cabinet represents a rainbow vision of right-wing wealth. We live in difficult times which hijack the notion of racial diversity for a homogeneous global capitalist class. I travel back in time, from this reactionary moment, to think about before. I need to construct a site from which I am able to see more complexly. My site is before the present-day construction of the Black/white divide.

Bechtel Eisenstein 01 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 15 UNILATERAL EMPIRE 15 landed contracts upwards of $680 million for reconstruction work. James Woolsey, former CIA director and also a part of Paladin Capital Group, a venture capital firm that specializes in domestic security, has played an early role in the ‘postwar’ occupation. 30 This corporate power grab is expected and accepted as the simple spoils of war, much like the privatization and marketing of Iraq as a whole. 31 However, the real problem remains that there is no game plan for reconstruction other than this power grab.

6 There are whisperings elsewhere. Slave bodies compel a polyunified reading of humanity. The body’s needs speak to its humanness and its variety. The body’s needs speak beyond imperial/colonial categories. The body is not bounded and boarded up into its slave viewings. Yet the colonized relation already binds us to a narrowed view of the oppressed Black body. But bodies are also more porously open and complex than our ways of seeing. The site of the slave trade is one of connectivity to the lives of Native Americans who came before the African slave trade, and to other colonial moments of oppression and exploitation which carve stories on people of color’s bodies.

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