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n Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe - Die 20ste eeu het op 11 September 2001 tot 'n einde gekom

Volume 43, Issue 1_2
  • ISSN : 0041-4751

Abstract

Regse en linkse woordvoerders het voorspelbaar op die gebeure van 11 September gereageer: eersgenoemde het onmiddellik meer veiligheidsmaatreëls geëis en gespekuleer oor die Islamitiese gevaar; laasgenoemde kritiseer, dikwels tereg, die foute van die Amerikaanse beleid, maar fouteer self deur nie die wese van globale terrorisme behoorlik te begryp nie. Daarmee kan dit op 'n implisiete wyse die indruk skep dat dit die aanvalle goedkeur, of dat dit selfs die slagoffers veroordeel. Nie een van hierdie twee benaderings is in staat om die wese van die gebeure na behore raak te vat nie.


Globalisation confronts the world with a totally new understanding of warfare. However, globalisation also confronts us with the real and immanent danger of defining the world's cultural and political landscape in reductive terms as a war between "Jihad and McWorld". The way in which the US responds to the tragic events of 11 September mimetically repeats the logic behind Islamic fundamentalists. However, the main enemy remains more than ever the global outburst of the logic of capital and the total commodification of social relations. If its many devastating consequences for the different cultures of the world are not addressed we can expect a rise in fundamentalist terrorism.

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2003-03-01
2019-08-25

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