Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques
February 9, 2016
Globalization means ever narrowing distances between nations. But national value systems do not converge, especially those of advanced nations, although the world's elite labor under the false assumption that they do. The social anthropology of family systems explains the divergence of advanced nations; some are firmly rooted in liberal, individualistic values (the US, the UK, France), while others have retained more authoritarian value systems and a specific potential for collective integration and action (Germany, Japan, Russia). In this talk, Emmanuel Todd will take the diverging paths of the US and Germany (rather than all too obvious Russia) as a case study. Todd will discuss how the resistance of German culture to neoliberalism has turned the country, again, into the major European power, which today controls a continent, the industrial power of which is superior to that of the U.S. As Todd will explain, Germany pursues independent economic and geopolitical objectives, some of which will lead to major crises, and he posits that it will be difficult for American leaders to go on denying that they have a problem with their too powerful ally.