Western Racism

  • Guy Arnold


As the problems developed, following the end of the Cold War and the evaporation of the initial euphoria, so the signs multiplied that western energies were more likely to be used to keep the rest of the world at bay than for any other purpose. The high standard of living which the West alone enjoyed needed to be safeguarded and, ironically, it appeared more at risk from the flood of new world developments which an end of superpower confrontation had set free than ever it had during the Cold War. The possibility of using the huge energies released from Cold War confrontations to tackle problems of poverty in the South did not appear to have any serious place on the agenda of the New World Order which President Bush had so grandly announced. Instead, a number of new orthodoxies surfaced while old forces, and most notably racism, became strident. It became orthodox to say publicly that the West was threatened with an influx of immigrants which could swamp its way of life. It became orthodox to speak once more of the poor ‘always being with us’ as a prelude to arguing that little could be done to alter that state of being.


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Notes and References

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    Galbraith, John Kenneth, The Culture of Contentment Sinclair-Stevenson, 1992.Google Scholar
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    Ibid., 7 December 1992.Google Scholar
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© Guy Arnold 1993

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