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Reply to "... Of Burning Houses & Pipe Dreams"

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Originally posted by Faheem:
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Originally posted by ZAKAR:
I think Minister Farakan was saying basically is lets be self sufficient create our own institutions sustain our own selves so that if the ship does go down we can at least have a life jacket and a survival kit.


And thats what Cornell West called a pipe dream!

Perhaps, but I think what Cornel was referring to is the reality of American hegemony. In light of this, can one be autonomous. I do not think so. We can talk about the economic resources of African Americans, but they are inextricably part of a network of political/economic power that Hardt and Negri refer to as Empire. This, again, is something I believe that nationalist do not understand. In a sense, the time of the nation state has passed. We have multinational corporation with earnings larger than GNP's of most countries. We have entities such as the World Bank and the IMF who punish states that do not play the game.

Again, using the house metaphor, is there an outside. If so, what/where is it?
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