Patrick Cockburn: The Age of Disintegration – Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World

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Patrick Cockburn
Patrick Cockburn

The Age of Disintegration 

Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World 

By Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch, 28 June 2016

Everywhere nation states are enfeebled or collapsing, as authoritarian leaders battle for survival in the face of mounting external and internal pressures.   . . .   A common explanation for the rise of Islamic resistance movements is that the socialist, secularist, and nationalist opposition had been crushed by the old regimes’ security forces, while the Islamists were not.   . . .   Encouraged by Washington and Brussels, twenty-first-century neoliberalism has made unequal societies ever more unequal and helped transform already corrupt regimes into looting machines.