National In/Security on a Universal Scale

  • Stephen Gill


Since the early 1980s, the US government launched a neo-liberal political offensive designed to restructure three main aspects of world order: (i) the internal social relations of capitalist states (for example, to strengthen capital relative to labor); (ii) the geopolitical and economic relations between the major capitalist states (the G7) and the rest of the world (North-South and East-West relations), and (iii) to create a more integrated world market.


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    Edward Alden, “US Backs Curbs on Capital Controls.” Financial Times, April 2, 2003.Google Scholar
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    David Firestone, “Senate Votes, 90–9, to Set Up Homeland Security Department Geared to Fight Terrorism.” New York Times, November 20, 2002; Jesse J. Holland, “Security Showdown Could Impact Future.” Washington Post, November 18, 2002; Dan Morgan, “Homeland Bill Rider Aids Drugmakers.” Washington Post, November 15, 2002.Google Scholar
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    Max Boot, “Doctrine of the ‘Big Enchilada.”’ Washington Post, October 14, 2002; Max Boot, “Who Says We Never Strike First?” New York Times, October 4, 2002.Google Scholar
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    Joseph Fitchett, “Spying from Space: US to Sharpen the Focus.” International Herald Tribune, April 10, 2001. Here it is worth adding that the US benefits from intelligence inputs from its major allies. Many of the electronic surveillance facilities of the English speaking countries are combined in the so-called ECHELON system that was enlarged between 1975 and 1995 to encompass virtually all electronic and telephone communications in Europe, analyzed through data mining software operating through Internet servers, with the information fed into huge computers known as “Dictionaries.” Proof of this was found in 1998–99 by US intelligence specialist Jeffrey Richelson, via the Freedom of Information Act. He obtained documents that confirmed the existence, scale and expansion of the ECHELON system. See <>Google Scholar
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    Quoted by Stephen Fidler and Gerard Baker, “America’s Democratic Imperialists.” Financial Times, March 5, 2003.Google Scholar
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    Fidler and Baker, “America’s Democratic Imperialists.” Financial limes, March 5, 2003.Google Scholar
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    Barnett’s website describes his work as follows: “At the Naval War College, Dr. Barnett serves as Director of the NewRuleSets.Project, an ambitious effort to draw new ‘maps’ of power and influence in the world economy so as to expand the US Military’s — and specifically, the US Navy’s — vision of where and how it can wield maximum influence across the international security environment of the Era of Globalization… The first phase of the project (January 2000-October 2001) was conducted in partnership with the Wall Street broker-dealer firm Cantor Fitzgerald, which hosted three full-day ‘decision event’ workshops atop World Trade Center 1 (Windows on the World). These workshops brought together elite leaders from the worlds of finance, national security, think tanks and industry to discuss the crucial ‘flows’ of globalization, with a special emphasis on Developing Asia.” <>Google Scholar

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