Global Civilization in the 21st Century

Andrew Targowski
Western Michigan University, MI, USA
President Emeritus of the International Society for the Comparative Study of Civilizations (2009-2013)

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The purpose of this book is to evaluate the question: What does the New World Order (NWO) mean in the 21st century? After the Polish Revolution in 1989 and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the Soviet Union in 1991, many people expected better times than those during the Cold War between the West and East. Since Communism lost to Capitalism, can the latter promote freedom and happiness for all of us everywhere? However, this dream did not happen, vice versa we face now so called liquid times, times of instability and chaos.

Therefore, this book is written for those who would like to know why the supposedly ideal economic solution known as Capitalism cannot bring happiness to all of us as it is promised by its promoters. This means that the book should be interesting for all kinds of readers and could be potentially read by millions.

The book discusses Hegelian dialectics under the form of competition among ideas that have been neglected in the NOW-21st century and unopposed Capitalism has been transformed into Turbo-Capitalism, also known as Undemocratic Capitalism. This process is supported by additive waves of globalization taking place in the last 500+ years. Eventually in the 21st century humanity is facing the resulted transformation of western civilization into global civilization. The book analyzes this transformational process and its positive and negative repercussions for humanity.

Modern globalization was triggered by the one globalization wave about 500 years ago. Later, globalization was deepened by the following four globalization waves, which eventually established global civilization in the 21st century. At this time, global civilization have strong promoters which are global corporations and capital. These secure this civilization’s good modus operendi, regardless of its negative impact on the population and depletion of the strategic resources
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The better solution is not to look for one world with common culture, infrastructure, and perhaps government (according to some wishes), but to look for a diversified world as it was before the current Globalization Wave in the 21st century. However, such a civilization should be steered by universal values, goals and strategies leading to the development of Universal Civilization.

The Universal Civilization (UC) embraces the major premises of contemporary socio-political critical theory and practice, such as multi-culturalism (diversification) and limited integrationalism, which leads to a better order of living on the same planet. The implementation of Universal Civilization is possible if people accept metanoia (change) and their elites, pioneers, and politicians will work towards a common goal. If the UC concept is rejected, then we have to look for another civilization, comprehensive solution, which the author does not perceive at this moment. However, for a Universal Civilization to be successful, we must first transform into a wise civilization whose wise society may eventually sustain the declining civilization of humanity. (Imprint: Nova)

Foreword

Chapter 1. Waves of Globalization

Chapter 2. From Globalization Waves to Global Civilization

Chapter 3. Religion of Global Civilization

Chapter 4. Infrastructure of Global Civilization

Chapter 5. Society of Global Civilization

Chapter 6. Culture of Global Civilization

Chapter 7. Spatio-Temporal Boundaries of Global Civilization

Chapter 8. Universalizing or Being Globalized?

Afterword

Index

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