Professor of history and political scientist, Immanuel Wallerstein chairs the the Fernand Braudel Center of Binghamton University (state of New York). He also teaches at the Ecole des huate études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. He was president of the International Sociological Association (ISA) from 1994 to 1998 and he is associate researcher of Yale University. He began his career as an expert in African post-colonial matters and then distinguished himself as historian and a theorist of the capitalist global macroeconomic. Thanks to his association with the “anti-systemic” movements he became the éminence grise of the anti-globalization movements along with Pierre Bourdieu and Noam Chomsky.
On May 29, 2005, the French rejected the European Constitution Treaty (ECT) through a referendum. Three days later they were followed by the Dutch. Ever since, the international press hasn’t stopped talking about the future of Europe as an image and an institution, but the consequences of this voting decision can be extremely ambiguous.
Let’s analyze the French vote. Three groups are happy with the result: U.S. neo-cons, a large part of the French left-wing (principally the alterworldists) (...)
The threat of the former Soviet Union was Washington’s successful argument to get the support of the western countries and the Third World. Thus, America’s vassals felt free to act independently, especially the European and East Asia allies. The so-called war against terror is, undoubtedly, Washington’s new excuse to convince the remaining countries to follow its plans.
The monthly rise and fall of economic indicators are not important. If we analyze the fundamental ones we see a huge (...)