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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

American colonialism: democracy for the world

American colonizing strategy was less brutal than the Dutch, French, British, Japanese... it uses gentle persuasion and the culture industry to sell "democratic ideals", "free enterprise", and "individualism". It uses the globalization of culture and gunboat diplomacy as a twin engine of colonization. While the United States sets military bases all over the world, it also install consumerized cultures the world over; cultures that are created out of the American underclass marketed as "new wave", "new genre", or new this or that -- from blues to bebop, dooh wop to disco and death metal. One good example below is the Disco wave of the 1970s that originated perhaps from the subculture of the working class Italians in Brooklyn New York, as suggested by the movie makers. Many can identity with John Travolta who now (together with Tom Cruise) is a follower of The Church of Scientology.


3 comments:

Who's afraid of the US? said...

It is cultures which do not know or are unable to evolve which sees the US as a threat. Muslims today typify this inability more than anyone else in the world today. Sure there are Muslims who have been able to take the changes around them but as a whole Muslims have failed miserably. Now, if Muslims knew how to be as adaptive as the mainland Chinese they would be the next superpower with all their oil wealth. So do not blame the US. Look at ones own culture and religion first

DR. AZLY RAHMAN said...

Very interesting point.

My questions below are inspired by your insightful comment:

- in the process of cultural evolution how does power and ideology play their roles?
-where is ethics in culture and
-who benefits in the process of adaptation, transfer and borrowing?
- what is the "culture of the United States of America"?

Tamerlane said...

This is very true. Muslims should not view american culture or any culture as a threat to their identity. We should be open and at the same time remember who we are. Look at the jews, they have the orthodox, liberal and even the atheists. Their combined force can subdue a billion divided muslims. But in this contry, some "holier than thou" muslims try to impose their way of life on other muslims as if they are God's appointee on earth. This phobia is what bringing muslims backwark when dealing with other cultures. Similiar like when amcient china sealed itself in with its great wall , it went into decline the next hundreds of years while its neighbor Japan moved and evolved in another direction with technology and innovations. Until today chinese is still recuperating from the closed off mindset and still second to Japanese. And did the great wall do it any good? It was still invaded by the mongols.

I remember in school long ago, in a chess club, it was taboo to have the cross on the king's piece so we hacked it off. I didnt pay no attention but to some it is very distressing because the cross is a symbol of something they fear. What is there to fear? if we are strong at heart and close to God a small cross will not hurt us. Besides the last time i check only vampires are afraid of crosses.

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