By Zillah Eisenstein

ISBN-10: 1842773941

ISBN-13: 9781842773949

ISBN-10: 1848130503

ISBN-13: 9781848130500

In opposed to Empire, Zillah Eisenstein extends her critique of neoliberal globalization. confronted with an competitive American empire hostage to ideological extremism and violently selling the narrowest of pursuits, she appears to an international anti-war circulation to counter US energy. relocating past the distortions of mainstream historical past, she detects the silencing of racialized, sex/gendered and classed methods of seeing. Eisenstein insists that the so-called West is as a lot fiction as fact, whereas the sexualized black slave exchange emerges as an early kind of globalization. Plural understandings of feminisms as other-than-western are wanted. Black the United States, India, the Islamic global and Africa envision certain conceptions of what it really is to be totally, polyversally, human. wish for a extra peaceable, simply and happier international lies, she believes, within the understandings and activism of girls this present day.

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Women in Islam are ‘not’. Meanwhile President Bush mobilized his “war on terrorism” against the forces of evil. He tells us we will be at war for a very long time. And without remembering, it is too easy to forget that Bush lost the popular national election and won in Florida only thanks to an incredibly racist set of circumstances. The US public pretends that Bush was elected fairly, even those of us who voted against him. He is inept but retains the confidence of many Americans. But this is about the here and now and I need to go back first to my own personal history; and then to before the West.

His identity was as a political Jew. He never wanted to forget to fight against bigotry of any sort. Now, the yellow star hangs on the wall in my home to help me also remember. My sisters and I were brought up as atheist Jews. Being an atheist just meant that God was never used as an explanation of anything. Being a Jew meant that we would never allow someone to be punished for their identity. It seemed quite ordinary that both my parents were totally Eisenstein 02 28/6/04 1:57 pm Page 27 THINKING TO SEE 27 involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and therefore so were we.

Inclusivity requires seeing the multiples of knowing that are embodied within any notion of identity. This means imagining beyond the power-filled knowledges of the day. President Bush claims to have an inclusive cabinet because different colors of flesh appear. But this singularizes inclusivity to the realm of color. His cabinet represents a rainbow vision of right-wing wealth. We live in difficult times which hijack the notion of racial diversity for a homogeneous global capitalist class. I travel back in time, from this reactionary moment, to think about before.

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