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The New Age of Empire

How Racism and Colonialism Still Rule the World

Kehinde Andrews


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In this book, Kehinde Andrews explores the ongoing legacy of the transatlantic slave trade, colonial practices, and the genocide of Indigenous Americans leading to the colonial settlement of the modern U.S. on western wealth accumulation. Andrews makes the argument that neocolonial and racist ideologies underpinned the policies and practices of exploitation and theft required to build the unimaginable wealth of European countries today. Likewise, he points out that these hierarchical rhetorics and structures are stil alive today in a number of institutional settings, from the IMF and the World Bank to the UN Security council. This book is a good introduction for anyone who wants to know more about the far-reaching grasp of racial capitalism on our world system.

"Kehinde Andrews is a crucial voice walking in a proud tradition of Black radical criticism and action" Akala

"An uncompromising account of the roots of racism today" Kimberlé Crenshaw

"This clear-eyed analysis insists upon the revolutionary acts of freedom we will need to break out of these systems of violence" Ibram X. Kendi

The New Age of Empire
takes us back to the beginning of the European Empires, outlining the deliberate terror and suffering wrought during every stage of the expansion, and destroys the self-congratulatory myth that the West was founded on the three great revolutions of science, industry and politics. Instead, genocide, slavery and colonialism are the key foundation stones upon which the West was built, and we are still living under this system today: America is now at the helm, perpetuating global inequality through business, government, and institutions like the UN, the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO.

The West is rich because the Rest is poor. Capitalism is racism. The West congratulations itself on raising poverty by increments in the developing world while ignoring the fact that it created these conditions in the first place, and continues to perpetuate them. The Enlightenment, which underlies every part of our foundational philosophy today, was and is profoundly racist. This colonial logic was and is used to justify the ransacking of Black and brown bodies and their land. The fashionable solutions offered by the white Left in recent years fall far short of even beginning to tackle the West's place at the helm of a racist global order.

Offering no easy answers, The New Age of Empire is essential reading to understand our profoundly corrupt global system. A work of essential clarity, The New Age of Empire is a groundbreaking new blueprint for taking Black Radical thought into the twenty-first century and beyond.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Binding: Paperback
Publication date: 02 Jun 2022
Dimensions: 129 x 198 x 19 mm
ISBN: 9780141992365