ERIC Number: ED184983
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Towards A Just World. World Order Models Project. Working Paper Number Eleven.
Global interaction during the 19th and 20th centuries is examined by using an historical dialectic approach. Intervention is suggested in world affairs that will promote cooperation between developing and industrialized nations. The dialectical approach maintains that the status quo is constantly moving toward upheaval as a result of pressure for change emanating from inside the system. The author maintains that developing nations are exerting pressure on the western-dominated social system through demands for reform based on national sovereignity and autonomy. The hypothesis is that this western domination of global political, economic, cultural, and ideological affairs over the past several centuries has deprived people in developing nations of freedom and dignity. This domination is interpreted to have taken various forms including economic imperialism, political subjugation, and global management through cooperation among western nations. People interested in rectifying western domination should identify specific issues around which intervention can be initiated (such as development, peace, anti-militarism), envision desired future developments (such as socialist transformation), conceive relevant strategies for moving toward the envisioned future (such as international economic participation), and generate the necessary interventions from a variety of locations and in a variety of ways (such as encouraging countries to support international order). (DB)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Cooperation, Developed Nations, Developing Nations, Futures (of Society), Global Approach, Human Dignity, Non Western Civilization, Social Change, Social Influences, Western Civilization, World Affairs
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute for World Order, New York, NY.
Identifiers: Dialectical Thought