In this week’s reading for global societies Bamyeh describes what he believes is post-nationalism. He starts the article by saying that you must pick a side when talking about nationalism itself, for either good or evil and there is no way of evaluating nationalism without some sort of moral judgment. He then dives into the first post-nationalism, which began in Europe after WWII. He says this starts because people finally start to believe in interdependentence and that there needs to be a dilution of sovereignty that so many Europeans held so high. They thought that they had also embodied the nationalism spirit in all Europeans, that they need to take this out of culture until is dissolved into nothing. After talking about Europe, Bamyeh shifts gears to the “American path” in which America has the right idea about post-nationalism until the end of the cold war in which American found themselves with a lot of money and toys in the military to use. They almost went backwards in time. The east coast started a new imperialism in which they used what is called six major irrational features. Also, American did not fight nationalism or against anyone else as the fought against socialism and communism to keep there capitalist economy. So in a sense they did not fight against anyone but on the type of government they wanted. He then talks about the four types of post national solidarity, material, humanistic and life emancipatory solidarities.
I enjoyed this article however I wish he would go into more of where the Middle East is. I think America and Europe are interesting places, but where does the rest of the world lie, or where are they now?
One Discussion I wanted to bring up was one that happened in class on Monday, which was having a global power. In class I was adamant that this could not happen. After thinking about it I retract my statement. I think it is possible, if you look at the global economy and how long it has taken for it to prosper, why it can’t happen with government. I think we are still some 700-1000 years from this, but it is still possible right?