Al Qaeda and What It Means to Be Modern
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What sort of modernity will the global free market deliver?Social and political theorists have commonly assumed that the world was set on a course in which every society would eventually become modern¿and that modernity meant the same everywhere. Political leaders, policy-makers, and academics took for granted that it was only a matter of time before the entire world became secular, democratic, and capitalist. The appearance of Al Qaeda has shown us that technology will continue to extend and deepen the links between people everywhere, but it is not a de facto formula for peace and unity. Exploring such topics as the collapse of the state and the rise of unconventional warfare, the brief history of the global free market and the revival of geopolitics, the modernity of fundamentalism and the dubious prospects of an American Empire, The Mirage of Globalization is the leading British analyst's debunking of the modernity myth.
John Gray is a professor of European thought at the London School of Economics, and the author of False Dawn and Two Faces of Liberalism, both available from The New Press.
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