New World Disorder
Will President Bush’s much-heralded New World Order usher in an era of peace and prosperity? Journalist and media critic Alexander Cockburn doesn’t think so. He outlines the parameters and contours of what he calls the New World Disorder, in which the U.S. asserts its military power globally and simultaneously ignores its crumbling domestic infrastructure. Bush’s vision is blurred by a nostalgia for an old order in which the U.S. reigned supreme in all areas. Now the U.S. is being challenged economically by a German-led Europe and a Japan-led Asia. It is only in military force where the U.S. is number one, thus creating the potential for disorder.
Alexander Cockburn was a keen observer of the U.S. scene and was in the front rank of media critics. He was a columnist for The Nation for many years. He wrote Corruptions of Empire, The Fate of the Forest, co-authored with Suzanna Hecht, The Golden Age Is In Us, and Whiteout: The CIA, Drugs & the Press. He was the editor of CounterPunch. His erudite and crisp writing was exemplary. Alexander Cockburn passed away in 2012.