Richard Melson

September 2006

Antagonisms & Globalization

Paul Kennedy

J. Richardson Dilworth Professor of History

Paul Kennedy is internationally known for his writings and commentaries on global political, economic and strategic issues.

Professor Kennedy’s "breakout" book was his 1988 work on imperial overreaching,

"Rise And Fall of the Great Powers" with its "Scarsdale too will fall" subtheme:

A more sharply-focused Kennedy book is his earlier work on Anglo-German antagonism.

This book looks at the years 1860-1914, the subtitle of the book.

The CFG perspective on this is:

The years 1860-1914 represent the crescendo of Globalization I (1820-1914)

and the antagonisms are a response to the econo-national-imperial pressures of the time,

fortified by the "God is Dead" anxieties captured by Nietzsche’s 1882 phrase.

What nobody sees is that the contemporary Jewish-Muslim antagonism is related to

Globalization II (1860-2006-?).

The analog of "God is Dead" anxieties of the 1880’s is the current "Man is Dead" anxieties exemplified by the neo-Darwinians. (Professors E.O. Wilson and James Watson are the high priests of this trend).

The changing relationship between the West and the Third World is the key and "inner flywheel" and the Jews represent Western autonomy/belligerence/re-colonization with the entire world seen as a threat to a Western enclave.

This is a kind of Westocentrism/Judeocentrism reaction.

This tells you that the real solution to the "West/Third World" traffic jam"

is the converse or obverse of Westocentrism/Judeocentrism and

involves Third World development as key.

Antagonism I (Paul Kennedy’s 1860-1914) culminated in WW I and the neo-con/Zionists are

hoping that Antagonism II (1960-2014) culminates in WW III,

with Iraq and Lebanon as prelude.

This would mean preventive subjugation by Isra-America

of the Third World and the collapse or rollback of Globalization II.

More on Globalization 1:

Perhaps the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in Eighty Days,

1872 might be though of as the literary bible of the crescendo phase of this globalization.

The best known film version was released in 1956,

with David Niven and Cantinflas heading a huge cast.

The proposed schedule of the 80 day trip:

London / Suez

rail and steamer

7 days

Suez / Bombay


13 days

Bombay / Calcutta


3 days

Calcutta / Hong Kong


13 days

Hong Kong / Yokohama


6 days

Yokohama / San Francisco


22 days

San Francisco / New York


7 days

New York / London


9 days



80 days

Thus a person who watches the David Niven movie on DVD or on TV is in the throes of Globalization II while viewing transport and communications revolutions taking place in Globalization I:

The technological innovations of the 19th century had opened the possibility of rapid global circumnavigation and the prospect fascinated Verne and his readership.

In particular three technological breakthroughs occur in 1869-70 that make a tourist-like around the world journey possible for the first time: the completion of the First Transcontinental Railroad in America (1869), the linking of the Indian railways across the sub-continent (1870), and the opening of the Suez Canal (1869).

The story starts in London on October 2, 1872.

The closing date of the novel is December 22, 1872.

Amy Chua's recent "World On Fire" connects globalization and ethnic tensions within developing nations.

The "Communist Manifesto" of 1848 is basically a prophetic-messianic study of globalization.

Let’s apply this CFG globalization schema to Muslims and Jews

Let’s apply this globalization schema to Muslims and Jews.

As Anglo-German antagonism arose in Globalization I at the national level,

Jews became racial targets within Europe, culminating in the Holocaust.

In Globalization II, Muslims have become the "target" of Western antagonism

(not excluding the current Pope).

This antagonism is spearheaded by the victims of Globalization I, the neocon Jews with their Islamophobia industry.

This antagonism towards the Third World, Arabs and Muslims is the leitmotif of neoconservative Zionism.

Thus the two "losers of 1492," Jews and Muslims, are now pitted gainst each other, as Jews have come to symbolize Western subjugation of the Third World, while Muslims are seen as illegitimate challengers to a Judeo-Christian world system (India and China are perceived as new world system interns who will be coopted or tethered).

Antagonisms & Globalization

September 14, 2006