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The Liberal Virus: Permanent War and the Americanization of the World


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Samir Amin's ambitious new book argues that the ongoing American project to dominate the world through military force has its roots in European liberalism, but has developed certain features of liberal ideology in a new and uniquely dangerous way. Where European political culture since the French Revolution has given a central place to values of equality, the American state has developed to serve the interests of capital alone, and is now exporting this model throughout the world. American imperialism, Amin argues, will be far more barbaric than earlier forms of imperialism, pillaging natural resources and destroying the lives of the poor.

The Liberal Virus examines the ways in which the American model is being imposed on the world, and outlines its economic and political consequences. It shows how both citizenship and class consciousness are diluted in "low-intensity democracy" and argues instead for democratization as an ongoing process—of fundamental importance for human progress—rather than a fixed constitutional formula designed to support the logic of capital accumulation.

In a panoramic overview, Amin examines the objectives and outcomes of American policy in the different regions of the world. He concludes by outlining the challenges faced by those resisting the American project today: redefining European liberalism on the basis of a new compromise between capital and labor, re-establishing solidarity among the people of the South, and reconstructing an internationalism that serves the interests of regions that are currently divided against each other.

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The "liberal virus" is a pandemic spread by US imperialism in which economic efficiency is equated with sociopolitical effectiveness, according to the director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Amin traces the ideological myths of liberalism (e.g., market deregulation), and makes a scathing indictment of this infection threatening the globe by requiring preemptive wars (such as that in Iraq ) to meet its goals. This is a translation of Le virus libéral.
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About the Author

Samir Amin was born in Egypt in 1931 and received his Ph.D. in economics in Paris in 1957. He is director of the Third World Forum in Dakar, Senegal. His numerous works include Eurocentrism: Second Edition, The World We Wish to See, The Liberal Virus, Accumulation on a World Scale, Unequal Development, and Spectres of Capitalism.

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Amin, Samir
Monthly Review Press
International Relations - General
International Relations
United States Military policy.
Political Ideologies - Conservatism & Liberalism
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
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