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2011: The year that shook the world

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How to dismantle apartheid Israel without it unleashing nuclear war on
the world? How to put an end to US world financial blackmail centred on
the dollar without the US strategists taking everyone else down with
them? While the empire is on the defensive, it is still powerful and as
its star wanes, it will only become more lethal.

The foes of empire are popping up faster than the empire's drones can
knock them off. They are found not only in Arab (and Persian) lands, or
even in a sceptical Russia and still-Communist China. As the links in
the system continue to fray, they are increasingly in the heart of the
empire itself. Americans and Europeans will continue to develop
alternatives to empire, financially, economically and politically, in
their own communities and continue to link up with their
comrades-against-arms in the heart of the supposed enemy in Eurasia.

More and more Americans are involved in co-ops, worker-owned companies
and other alternatives to the capitalism. Some 130 million Americans are
part owners of co-op businesses and credit unions. As Obama cuts
funding to states, the latter consider establishing their own banks and
use public pensions to fund state economic development.

There is a wealth of expertise in the "heartland" of the empire that can
help show the whole world the way out of the imperial deadend. The new
generation in America lacks the Cold War paranoia about socialism:
Americans under 30 years old are "essentially evenly divided" as to
whether they preferred "capitalism" or "socialism", according to a 2009
Rasmussen poll.

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Even as the world environment degrades, even as imperial arms continue
to kill, maim and choke demonstrators and insurgents both at the heart
of the empire and in the heart of the "enemy", we can take heart in the
new sense of human dignity which 2011 spawned, and fight the intrigues
of empire with new vigour in 2012.

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Eric writes for Al-Ahram Weekly and PressTV. He specializes in Russian and Eurasian affairs. His "Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games" and "From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-emerging Islamic Civilization" are available at (more...)

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