World On Fire

World On Fire

How Exporting Free Market Democracy Breeds Ethnic Hatred

by Amy Chua

Paperback / softback Publication Date: 01/10/2004

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a consensus emerged - not only in the West but elsewhere - that the magical combination of free markets and democracy would transform the world into a community of moderised, peace-loving nations, and individuals into civic-minded citizens and consumers. Ethnic hatred, religious zealotry and other 'backward' aspects of underdevelopment would be swept away.' In World on Fire, Amy Chua shows that just the opposite has happened. As global markets open, ethnic conflict worsens and democracy in developing nations turns ugly and violent. Examining the actual impact of economic globalisation across the world Chua shows how free markets have concentrated disproportionate, often spectacular wealth in the hands of resented ethnic minorities. These 'market-dominant minorities' - from the Chinese in Aoutheast Asia to the Lebanese in West Africa - invariably become targets of violent hatred. Adding democracy to this volitile mix unleashes suppressed ethnic hatred and brings to power 'ethno-nationalists' governments that pursue aggressive policies of confiscation and revenge. Such a dynamic produced Milosevic, Mugabe and the genocidal Hutu Power leaders
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Amy Chua

Amy L. Chua is an American lawyer and author.

She is the John M. Duff Jr. Professor of Law at Yale Law School. She joined the Yale faculty in 2001 after teaching at Duke Law School for seven years. Prior to starting her teaching career, she was a corporate law associate at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

She specializes in the study of international business transactions, law and development, ethnic conflict, and globalization and the law and is noted for her parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother.

In 2011, she was named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, one of the Atlantic Monthly’s Brave Thinkers, and one of Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers.

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