Ad To Present The Civil Assessment

Length: 10 pages Subject: Drama - World Type: Assessment Paper: #24463986 Related Topics: Manifest Destiny, Civil Disobedience, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Imperialism
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S. responded to the Great Depression by electing FDR, who brought out his Alphabet Programs which were supposed to put the nation back to work with public works projects. When that failed to restore the economy, the world elected to start with a new war: WWII. Germany had been buried by the Western powers following WWI -- and now the country threatened to assert itself once more. Russia was in the middle of its own revolution: Stalin was liquidating the kulaks and rounding others up and shipping them off to the Gulag. That did not help Russia's economy any more than FDR's Alphabet program -- but it did not matter: war was on the horizon. Japan was being strangled by Western powers: the American military-industrial-congressional complex essentially forced Japan to attack -- and then sat back and let it happen when Japan finally decided to bomb Pearl Harbor. Thus, America got its excuse to enter the war and align itself with the new world order that would be the outcome.

Latin-American Nationalism

Neocolonialism sprang up as a result of Western Imperialism. America in particular was now re-colonizing Latin America -- but it was doing so primarily through the corporate infrastructure. Latin-America was to made into a drone for American self-interest: it was to be exploited; its raw materials were to be used; its people were to be experimented upon; and its culture (especially if it was Catholic) was to be destroyed.

The indigenous peoples of Latin-America were also prey to a new kind of spirituality that was being brought into their culture by way of a Marxist interpretation of Scripture. This was being done by the new Liberation Theologians, who helped lead a number of social revolutions in Latin-America supposedly on behalf of the people and their cry for economic reform.

Like the Marxist philosophy that underscores Liberation Theology, Gustavo Gutierrez's theology placed primary importance upon "praxis," asserting that Christian corporal works of mercy must necessarily be "worked." A re-interpretation of theology is what underlined the praxis: for example, "sin" took a less personal connotation and was imbued with a more "social and economic perspective. Gutierrez's theology is, essentially, a reaction against capitalistic relationships; in which supply and demand govern men's behavior with one another.

Latin-America, however, came to identify this new struggle between spiritual, cultural, and economic spheres in a literary genre that became known as magical realism. Magical realists, like Gabriel Garcia Marquez depicted a world that was cut off from the old world values of the past, yet distrustful of the advances of the present. This idea of blending cultural traditions can be seen in any of Marquez's narratives. "An Old Man with Enormous Wings," for instance, can represent the supernatural order of the Old World spirituality, which would have been part of the religion of the conquistadors of Latin America, which was adopted by the natives. At the same time, the Old Man can be seen as a symbol of the modern loss of faith -- or the abandonment of those Old World ideals: he is not seen as an angel but as a kind of sideshow attraction: tickets are sold to see him; he gets bugs; people look to him for entertainment, nothing more; and finally he flies away. All that is associated with him is a kind of materialistic gain -- which in a sense is concomitant with New World ideologies, or rather with the ideals that flowered following the destruction of Christendom and the emergence of Enlightenment doctrine.

The Banana Wars also played a part in neocolonialism. As America continued to flex its muscle around the world, it steadily invaded into Latin America and began exploiting the land the people for its own corporate interest. The Latin-American national identity was now at odds to make itself known. Converted by the Spanish in the 16th century, Latin-America was now being overrun by corporatists, socialists, and capitalists. Its old world spirituality was in decline, and a new world order was pushing it to the brink of extinction.

Cold War

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Just as America preferred (in theory) an isolationist perspective in the early 20th century, the truth was that such a stance was unprofitable: capitalism demanded more, and industry expanded (through war) all the way into Asia. Two World Wars followed -- and then the Cold War, which, based on the ideologies of the two leading world powers of the time, was simply unavoidable.

The ideology of the West, specifically America, was militaristic and technological. It had no more to do with free markets or capitalism than the Soviet ideology had to do with Marxism: both were bent on totalitarian control through whatever means were available. Both societies were materialistic to the core and both represented godlessness and atheism in their respective governments, thus paving the way for man-made solutions that were hardly ever really solutions at all (as we can see today).

The Soviet ideology was one that the West simply could not trust (even if Roosevelt wanted to believe that Stalin was truly a good guy at Yalta). Here was a prime example of why the Cold War had to come to pass: it was a matter of greed on the part of Stalin, personality on the part of Truman (a far cry from Roosevelt, Truman fanned the flames of the Cold War because he simply did not want to be diplomatic any longer with the Soviets), and ambition on the part of all -- including Churchill. Churchill identified the "iron curtain" and virtually drew the line in the sand between "us" and "them."

Technology, of course, played a role in the Cold War. Had it not been for the atom bomb, the threat of nuclear annihilation would not have hung over the populace (felt keenly under Kennedy's rule). But the philosophy that had made the bomb possible in the first place played a bigger part: in a way it boiled down to Teddy Roosevelt's policy of speaking softly and carrying a big stick.

However, there were several ways of using the stick. Kennedy and Khrushchev inherited the Cold War and rewrote its directives: "national liberation wars" where the great Western powers had set up shop would be the weapon of the revolutionary 60s. This policy of liberation and anti-Imperialism played right into the hands of Communist ideology -- and progressives loved it. America's own progressivism fueled the fires of the Cold War and was another reason why the War was inevitable.

The Cold War was inevitable because of a progressive/expansionist ideology, ambition and greed on the part of political leaders, and, of course, personality (Soviet or American) -- which is always at the heart of all history -- for without it there is no history at all.

China's One Child Family Rule

China feared over-population and because, ideologically speaking, it had devalued the worth of human life, it passed legislation stipulating that no family could have more than one child. This gross violation of all that is normal and natural and fundamental to society was seen reasonable by Chinese officials because it would actually "work" to preserve the societal arrangement already in play. Actually all it was a way for the Chinese government to maintain its totalitarian grip on the Chinese citizens through a barbaric and inhumane method of population control.

Of course, now China is backing off this rule, because it is seeing the problems of limiting families to one child: the old begin to outnumber the young -- and a culture of death sets in.

Indira Gandhi attempted to do the same in India with the popular slogan: "We Two, Ours One" -- meaning that one child was preferable to many. The idea that India is somehow overpopulated is another myth not rooted in reality. The fact that Mumbai has so many people is to India's economic advantage -- not disadvantage. Those who realize this are the ones who set up shop in Mumbai -- for where there are people, there is business. The attempt to control population is based in WASP ideology which asserts that certain inferior races should be wiped off the face of the planet. That this ideology has spread across the globe speaks volumes to the kind of one world government we have become. The fact is that as more and more families have fewer and fewer children, societies decline and fall apart. Whether China is beginning to realize that as the West tries to draw it into the disastrous economic collapse that threatens to bring down the Euro Zone and America, or whether China is simply seeing that by interfering in the natural selection process it has corrupted its own sense of morality is difficult to judge. Nonetheless, as population control takes root around the world, the grip of the new world order is felt…

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