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Realism

  • Erik Paul
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Abstract

US grand strategy aims for planetary hegemony. The corruption of power makes the United States (US) prone to catastrophic political errors, ‘blowbacks’, and war crimes. The election of Donald Trump as US president is symptomatic of the domestic and external crisis faced by the US. Growing discontent and disorder about inequality and hubris confronts the US world order. Global capitalism and US military dominance are increasingly fields of contestation and conflict. The rise of nationalism and challenge by rising great powers, particularly China, undermine the US neoliberal globalisation project and power. Australia’s crisis is about the sovereignty of a small population over an entire continent, and the conundrum of being a US satellite state and China’s ‘great southern land’. Ultimately the frontiers of global capitalism and US hegemony will be largely shaped by the ongoing and avoidable degradation of the biosphere and consequent deterioration of the human habitat.

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  • Erik Paul
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  1. 1.DPACSUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia

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