Toward a Geopolitics of Hope posits a world order marked less by univocal “globalization” than by a grating geopolitics of rival capitalisms. Now that China, Russia, and much of the undemocratic developing world have embraced capitalism, this new Second World can no longer be regarded as a fleeting phenomenon. Globalization turns out to be anything but the steadfast ally of democratization it purports to be. Indeed, the Western democratic experiment of the last two centuries is starting to look very tentative and parochial.

For this the West has nothing to blame but itself. In many respects the new Second World was spawned by First World neoliberal engagement. The Washington Consensus has not only brought the world to the brink of an intractable economic depression, but has played midwife to a chronic geopolitical crisis. Hope, however, is anything but defeatist in the face of this globalist impasse. It draws upon a host of non-Western reformisms—with special attention to those of India, Burma, and the Arab Spring—to forge a Global Third Way. Likewise its moral realism bridges the classic imperatives of Third World social justice and First World security. Its paramount goal is not just a new “soft power” politics, but a post-globalist geopolitics of hope.

Freedom without Borders: Lessons of the Arab Revolt for the Globalist West1

Freedom without borders: Lessons of the Arab revolt for the globalist west

The Libyan Precedent

When we began writing this book, arguing for a conjoint First and Third World geopolitics, hope was all we could offer. Early in 2011, however, much of what we were hoping for started to materialize. To the dismay of nearly all Western observers,2 the greatest pro-democratic movement of our times erupted from one of the most unlikely places: the Arab Street. Sweeping quickly out of Tunisia into Egypt and a host of neighboring police states—Yemen, Bahrain, Syria, Jordan, Oman, Libya, Morocco,3 Algeria, Iraq, and (in terms of defensive reaction) Saudi Arabia4—the Arab Spring mocks the implanted democracy that has ...

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