Capitalism, Hegemony and Violence in the Age of Drones

  • Norman Pollack

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Theoretical Perspective: Global Hegemony

  3. Praxis: Customary Practice or Conduct

About this book


This book offers a critical analysis of the rise of the US to global hegemony against a background of increased erosion of democracy and rule of law, and a rising linear pattern of near-absolute capitalist development. The author argues that the significant shrinkage of the ideological spectrum globally, as a result of worrisome levels of business and government interpenetration, has created a dangerous 'prefascist configuration' whereby unthinkable levels of violence have been normalized through the use of technologies such as drones, increasingly condoned even by 'liberal' groups and the so-called political left. Using the example of the Obama administration and its increased reliance on drone assassinations, the volume makes a case for the dangers that lie in today's unique convergence of lack of transparency in government, business-government interpenetration, informal social regimentation, and militarization of capitalism.


Moral-political philosophy Advanced capitalism Capitalism and national power Systemic authoritarianism Karl Marx Max Weber The liberal state

Authors and affiliations

  • Norman Pollack
    • 1
  1. 1.Michigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Political Science and International Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-64887-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-64888-0
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