Multipolarism and Neoliberal Globalization

Paul C. Mocombe


In this article, I argue that in the age of neoliberal (postindustrial) globalization identity politics, the reification and commodification of (serial) identity practices, cultures, and “all of the accoutrements of the economy of spectacle and the manufacturing of images and fetish desires,” on the one hand, and the continuous atomization of the human subject in (neo) liberalism on the other are mechanisms for creating surplus-value and continuing capitalism’s domination over the world in the era of climate change. These two dialectical practices are offset by an emerging call for a multipolar world order undergirded by a nationalism grounded in Karl Polanyi’s double movement.

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