five p essay

because of this tweet via emmi bevensee:

Someone smarter than me please write an essay on how world systems theory actually contradicts modern US-centric, alt-imperialist, marcyism.

Original Tweet:

on world systems theory []: ‘a post-Marxist multidisciplinary approach to world history and social change which emphasizes the world-system (and not nation states) as the primary (but not exclusive) unit of social analysis.. “World-system” refers to the inter-regional and transnational division of labor, which divides the world into core countries, semi-periphery countries, and the periphery countries. Core countries focus on higher-skill, capital-intensive production, and the rest of the world focuses on low-skill, labor-intensive production and extraction of raw materials. This constantly reinforces the dominance of the core countries. Nonetheless, the system has dynamic characteristics, in part as a result of revolutions in transport technology, and individual states can gain or lose their core (semi-periphery, periphery) status over time. This structure is unified by the division of labour. It is a world-economy rooted in a capitalist economy. For a time, certain countries become the world hegemon; during the last few centuries, as the world-system has extended geographically and intensified economically, this status has passed from the Netherlands, to the United Kingdom and (most recently) to the United States.. Components of the world-systems analysis are longue durée by Fernand Braudel, “development of underdevelopment” by Gunder Frank, and the single-society assumption. Longue durée is the concept of the gradual change through the day-to-day activities by which social systems are continually reproduced. “Development of underdevelopment” described that the economic processes in the periphery are the opposite of the development in the core. Poorer countries are impoverished to enable a few countries to get richer. Lastly, the single-society assumption opposes the multiple-society assumption and includes looking at the world as a whole.. World-systems theory has been examined by many political theorists and sociologists to explain the reasons for the rise and fall of states, income inequality, social unrest, and imperialism.

yeah.. look at as a whole.. but as a whole outside of sea world.. which begs a leap.. for (blank)’s sake

on sam marcy [] ‘..His writings show a strong support for Mao Zedong and the Chinese Cultural Revolution, and he defended the leadership of the People’s Republic of China until the reforms of Deng Xiaoping. Marcy defended both China and the Soviet Union against charges of imperialism despite disagreeing with some policies and practices of the Communist Party leadership of both countries.. In addition to his writings, Marcy and Copeland were some of the organizers of the first demonstration in the United States against the Vietnam War. The demonstration, by WWP affiliate group Youth Against War and Fascism, occurred in August 1962 and was subsequently noted by Ho Chi Minh in an interview with the National Guardian newspaper.

i did this (ignoring the word smarter.. and believing that contradiction or not is irrelevant.. as neither would/could get us out of sea world)

p1) we are all  like whales in sea world. we need a means to get out. (bruce alexander)

p2) it is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. (jiddu krishnamurti)

p3) we have created a society where huge numbers of our fellow citizens can’t bear to be present in their lives and have to medicate themselves to get through the day. (johann hari)

p4) most people are other people. their thoughts are other people’s opinions. their lives a mimicry. their passions a quote. (oscar wilde)

p5) we are all  like whales in sea world. we need a means to get out. (bruce alexander)