Talk World Radio: Alfred McCoy on Empire and the Supposed Rule-Based Order that He Claims China Threatens

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Alfred W. McCoy is the author of a tremendous new book called To Govern the Globe: World Orders and Catastrophic Change. He also holds the Harrington Chair in History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After earning his Ph.D. in Southeast Asian history at Yale in 1977, his writing has focused on Philippine political history, the history of modern empires, and the covert netherworld of illicit drugs, syndicate crime, and state security. His first book, The Politics of Heroin in Southeast Asia (1972), sparked controversy over the CIA’s attempt to block its publication. His book A Question of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War to the War on Terror (2006) provided the historical dimension for the Oscar-winning documentary feature, Taxi to the Darkside.

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1 thought on “Talk World Radio: Alfred McCoy on Empire and the Supposed Rule-Based Order that He Claims China Threatens”

  1. What theories of empire and imperialism inform this analysis and critique? How is Michael Parenti’s work “Against Empire” (1995) insightful in emphasizing class as the unit of analysis, and in helping us understand who benefits from imperialism, and who pays?

    Is it helpful to talk about pre-capitalist imperialism when “world orders” today and geopolitics exist in very different conditions? How is Marx’ and Lenin’s analysis of capitalism and the circulation of capital, and the appropriation of surplus value helpful?

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