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Jan 19 · Last update 2 mo. ago.

With a rising China, will western hegemony come to an end?

Hegemony is the influence of one group or authority over others, and ‘western hegemony’, whereby “western” nations have dominated global economic and political life, is commonly understood to be the result of the history of European colonialism. American leadership without doubt dominated the 20th century, as through two World Wars and the Cold War the United States established itself as the leading global power, through organisations such as the World Bank helped shape the economic world as we know it today. However there is debate over whether the US was legitimately a global hegemon, so firstly how should we understand the concept of "hegemony"? With think tanks predicting that China will be the world’s largest economy by 2028, what will the implications of this be in the form of shifting political global power? Does “the West’s” hegemony need to end? asia.nikkei.com/Economy/China-to-overtake-US-economy-by-2028-29-in-COVID-s-wake-JCER dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9088907/China-overtake-worlds-biggest-economy-2028-report-says.html
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In the midst of a pandemic, global Trumpism, climate change, the 2008 financial crash, and even the mishandling of international terrorism the west as a model to the world is showing signs of diplomatic failure, democratic failure, and this framework seems ill-equipped to handle humanities biggest challenges. Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Francesco Gramsci is most famous for his theory of cultural hegemony, describing hegemony as a technique of domination, used to convince people that the goals of the elite classes are common sense or beneficial to all. America has used democratic sloganeering as part of its cultural hegemonic program, despite being a republic not a democracy, under Trump this has been pushed to its limits, globally demonstrating this facade for what it really is. This has led to the evaporation of Western prestige and it is inevitable that another world power will fill this void.

e-ir.info/2019/10/24/terrorism-and-the-end-of-western-hegemony-a-gramscian-perspective aljazeera.com/opinions/2020/10/12/does-the-world-still-need-the-west sociologygroup.com/antonio-gramsci

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In the midst of a pandemic, global Trumpism, climate change, the 2008 financial crash, and even the mishandling of international terrorism the west as a model to the world is showing signs of diplomatic failure, democratic failure, and this framework seems ill-equipped to handle humanities biggest challenges. Italian Marxist philosopher Antonio Francesco Gramsci is most famous for his theory of cultural hegemony, describing hegemony as a technique of domination, used to convince people that the goals of the elite classes are common sense or beneficial to all. America has used democratic sloganeering as part of its cultural hegemonic program, despite being a republic not a democracy, under Trump this has been pushed to its limits, globally demonstrating this facade for what it really is. This has led to the evaporation of Western prestige and it is inevitable that another world power will fill this void.
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