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By Raphael Schlembach

Within the wake of the Iraq warfare, the time period previous Europe was once appropriated by way of politicians, civil society and social circulation actors alike to rally in defence of supposedly social and civilized values opposed to the perceived predatory forces of yankee finance.Against previous Europe sheds gentle at the social circulation politics encapsulated within the protest slogan 'Fight previous Europe'. inside of what's largely labelled the worldwide justice flow, it explores a specific, radical point of view that warns opposed to the id with ecu values by way of routine resisting neoliberalism. Exploring the paintings of key theorists serious of globalization, together with Habermas, Negri, Holloway, Postone and de Benoist, the publication examines serious concept methods to alter-globalization, illustrated with concrete examples of activities inside of modern Europe. In so doing, it invitations readers to discover the costs of nationalism, anti-Americanism and antisemitism introduced opposed to elements of the alter-globalization movement.Providing a brand new standpoint on reviews of globalization, opposed to outdated Europe will entice sociologists and social and political theorists learning social routine, anti-globalization activism and ecu politics and id.

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More precisely, it does not allow for the conceptualization of a non-European ‘Other’, geo-politically embodied by the United States, that can grant the identity-forming moment. What we do find, on the other hand, is a conception of labour and lifeworld as situated within the capital relation – and therefore a vision of resistance that is not tied to Europe but to humanity as a whole. Jürgen Habermas – In Defence of Old Europe 37 Conclusions This is the ambivalence present in the European project.

Thus, at least for liberals of Habermas’s 34 Against Old Europe normative predilections, the new Europe is not only the ‘un-America’ but actually a sort of ‘ur-America’. (Markovits 2005a: 205–6) Markovits further claims that Habermas’s European states … appear as humanistic charitable organizations or Kantian clubs, which are able to defy the powerful in this world (in this case, admittedly, primarily ‘the USA’) only through their kindness and virtues, through universalistic, if not altruistic, motives.

In Habermas’s writings, Markovits detects an aversion to the ‘inauthentic’ culture of the US. Habermas’s vision of Europe is thus one of an ‘ur-America’ (see Markovits 2005b: 27; 2007: 213–16): … one aspect of ‘othering’ the United States in the current European development is to claim a strong affinity with the ‘genuine’ United States that over the past decade or so seems to have lost its way. Thus, at least for liberals of Habermas’s 34 Against Old Europe normative predilections, the new Europe is not only the ‘un-America’ but actually a sort of ‘ur-America’.

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