Black dating myths
Since the late 1970s, the world’s economy and dominant nations have been marching to the tune of (neoliberal) globalization, whose impact and effects on average people’s livelihood and communities everywhere are generating great popular discontent, accompanied by a rising wave of nationalist and anti-elitist sentiments. In the unique and exclusive interview below, two leading minds of our time, linguist and public intellectual Noam Chomsky and Cambridge University economist Ha-Joon Chang, share their views on these essential questions. Is globalization then simply a neutral, inevitable process of economic, social and technological interlinkages, or something of a more political nature in which state action produces global transformations (state-led globalization)?
(...) Great myths are richly ambiguous and elusive; their truths cannot be filed away into scholar's neat categories.Death threatens and re-threatens life, while life finds a way to creatively re-emerge thus conquering death. The Hindu mythologies integrate in a wide range of subjects.They include stories about how and why cosmos originated (Hindu cosmology, cosmogony), how and why humans or all life forms originated (anthropogony) along with each's strengths and weaknesses, how gods originated along with each's strengths and weaknesses (theogony), the battle between good gods and bad demons (theomachy), human values and how humans can live together, resolve any disagreements (ethics, axiology), healthy goals in stages of life and the different ways in which each individual can live (householder, monk, purusartha), the meaning of all existence and means of personal liberation (soteriology) as well as legends about what causes suffering, chaos and the end of time with a restart of a new cycle (eschatology). How do we deal with the growing levels of inequality and massive economic insecurity?
Ha-Joon Chang: The biggest myth about globalization is that it is a process driven by technological progress.
Since 1945, we have seen the emergence of a global system that rejects such naked imperialism.