Global Arrogance and the Crisis of Hegemony
In an era of wealth and opportunity, a simple fact demands our attention; most of the world’s people lack basic human needs. Their daily struggle is a stark contrast to the privileged lives that a global minority take for granted. The chasm between these two worlds is growing. In his Nobel Peace Prize address, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter has called this “the most serious and universal problem,” a disparity that we can trace to “the root causes of most of the world’s unresolved problems, including starvation, illiteracy, environmental degradation, violent conflict, and unnecessary illnesses that range from guinea worm to HIV and AIDS.” Carter calls on us to share with others “an appreciable part of our excessive wealth,” but notes we seem to lack “understanding or concern about those who are enduring lives of despair and hopelessness” (2002, 3–4).
KeywordsSocial Movement World Trade Organization Global Governance Global Civil Society Democratic Deficit
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