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Taras Voznyak (Editor-in-Chief)
Andrij Pavlyshyn(Issue Editor)
Kost' Bondarenko
Sofia Onufriv
Ihor Balyns'kyj
Walter Mossmann
Alla Tatarenko
Yurij Babik
Andrij Kyrchiv
Taras Batenko(Issue Editor)

The Independent cultural journal “JI”
Issue No.19 / 2000
Globalization, European Union and Ukraine

This issue is published in co-operation with Heinrich-Boell-Fund (Berlin)

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While the temps of humanity development in the whole period of its existence until the beginning of the 20eth century could be described by the arithmetical progression, hence it has obtained all features of geometric progression during the last hundred years. Comparatively irrational population of the Earth in previous times now estimates clearly and consciously each step, yet paying no attention that its locomotive loses control on the incredible speed.

One cam discuss the exact birth time of globalistic tendencies in the labyrinths of human civilization - whether those are times of Great Roman Empire, colony wars of late Middle Ages or the first world massacre. The only thing is undoubtable: they had no such influence on the individual or mass consciousness as they have got after the Cold War and the final formation of the monopolar world. Only the sudden enlargement of the politically borderless space, appearance of alternativeless world power, such as USA are and deliberation of great financial abilities because of that stimulated rapid technological offence in all spheres, which was based politically and juridically on the national legislations and multilateral international agreements. Certainly, the transnational corporations were first to react on those “green lights”, what gave them an opportunity to reach the unlimited sale, financial and job markets. Using the national legislations of former “Socialist Camp” or of so-called Third World countries, mostly unproper or inadapted to the modern challenges, those over-national giants, whose year budget is sometimes much bigger than that of quite not small subjects of international law, attacked massively Terra Incognita of still new markets.

Financial, economical, industrial and technological power multiplied by the unlimited Internet abilities and modern advertizing technologies started to open one horizon after another, and each next is better, more unified and available than previous. The McWorld upon a time, where transportation is “general-motorized”, house-hold “du-pontizied”, culture “hollywoodizied”, informational sphere “soft-wearized” and the meals, certainly, “mc-donaldized”. And all of that, taking into consideration the monopolarity of the world and the location the HQs of the globalization promoters on that pole, obtains the distinct features of centralized state strategy in global scale.

Action undoubtedly provides counteraction, and this rule of Newton mechanics is used in politics even more often. While the heart of globalization is monopolized by the super-power in North America, which was recently strengthened by Mexico and Canada membership in NAFTA, the centre of opposition to this process is certainly led by Europe, though there are powerful anti-globalistic centres on the Far East, in Central and South Asia, Africa and both Americas, including the USA. But the European anti-globalism has some interesting peculiarities which could be hardly distinguished among the other supporters of this movement allover the world. First of all, it has bright national colour, very special and separate for each part of halfly united Europe. The second identifying detail is glorified unity and struggle of counterstands, when the interests of ultras and simply right-wings, without any dependence on their ideological principles, absolutely identical to the announced principles of left-wings and “red-greens”. The recent events in Seattle, Davos, Prague and Nice proved it in the best way. And the most interesting features of the all anti-globalists in the world is their application of the most globalistic Internet network for the constant connection among each other. Nevertheless this fact makes them no trouble, even more, it helps to oppose universalization, unification and other negative features of globalization in the united front.

What brings the globalistic tornado to the quite European harbour with a musical name Ukraine? Would it be able to seize the opportunities of the globalistic achievements separating corn from chaff, or would it remain on the cave-nihilistic position? What would result the storm in “silent waters“ - unitarity, federalism or separatism? Or maybe we would escape this cup? Eternal Quo vadis...

Andriy Kyrchiv

All texts are available in Ukrainian (archive Ukr.)


  • Bronislaw Wildstein Talks To Lester Turov. World Market is Our Reality
    The reasons of American economic success on the background of the rest world economic development are discussed.

  • Thomas Fridman. Lexus and The Olive Tree
    What is more important for the world – traditions or progress and how to find a balance between them?

  • Francis Fukujama. Globalization Is Endless
    “Social capital” and other human values against total control and dictatorships.

  • Zbigniew Brzezinski. Democracy Faces Globalization
    Roles of American democracy, free market economy and progress of science in world development and globalization.

  • Alexroma. Stupefaction by the Bright Future
    What is future – rose utopia of technical absurdal achievements or technocratic apocalypses?

  • Krzysztof Lozinski. Success Gene And The Culture Conflict
    The way how can liberal free market economy, legal state, human rights, parliamentary democracy and the liberty of mass media could act as a success gene for the country and what it can cause in globalization age.

  • John-Paul II. Centesimus Annus. Encyclica
    Christian values as non-changing objects in human history and future.

  • Myroslav Marynovych. Globalization and The Church Context of Ukraine
    Different kinds of reaction on globalistic tendencies in Ukrainian religious society and prospects of public vision are described.

  • Robert Kaplan. Would the United States Exist Until 2050?
    Transformation processes in the USA could be not only positive...

  • Orest Semotyuk. The New World Order Models, Anti-Models, Scenarios
    An attempt of analysis of the new world political structure and its main trends.

  • Lyubov Staretska. Theories of Political Modernization: Liberal-Democratic Concepts in Modern Context
    Different approaches to the theoretical problems of political modernization.

  • Robert Conquest. Prospects of the English-Speaking Countries Union
    The kind of Europe we have now and the role of language in political links and unity.

  • Fredric Jameson. Post-Modernism and The Consument Society
    The harmony of post-modernism and trans-national capitalism is proved.

  • Alvin & Heidi Toffler. Creating Of New Civilization. The Politics of the Third Wave

  • Ten characteristic features of prospective civilization and the way it acts in modern world.

  • Zenoviy Mazuryk. Culture Policy of Globalization Age: German Experience Context
    A conflict between national demands and global challenges in cultural sphere.

  • Marat Tcheshkov. Globalization: Essence, Modern Phase, Prospects
    Myths and reality of global processes, attempt of exact definition and structurization.

  • Denis Duclos. Sectant Madness and Globalization Fate
    New philosophic and religious movements on the wave of globalization.

  • Yuriy Korolchuk. Human Rights and Internet: A Challenge to Globalization
    The transformation of privacy in the age of globalization.

  • Yuriy Korolchuk. Consensus As A Feature Of Globalization /Anti-Globalization
    Modern globalization is somehow similar to the kind of new social contract elaborated by modern society

  • Dmytro Arkhypovych. Globalization As A Phenomenon: Positive And Negative Features
    New counterstandings caused by new global processes and variety of its networks.

  • Victor Zinchuk. View at Globalization: Social-Philosophical Aspect
    Some distinctive features of globalistic institutions.

  • Oleh Demkiv. Modernization Theory and World Outlook Monism
    Deep economical, political and values changes, their influence on social consciousness.

  • Irina Byeloborodova. “Northern Dimension” In Europe: A Search For Geocivilizational Co-Ordinates.
    The special role of Northern European region and Russia in continental development process.

  • Taras Voznyak. Silence
    Philosophical aspect of ideology genesis.

  • Martin Heidegger. About The Secret of Tower With Bells
    The mystery of social order in the piece of space

  • Svetislav Basara. War As Broadcasting (A Piece of Virtual Cabbala)
    The new age has its own terminology and instruments of realization.

  • Lukasz Denborog. Mira’s Portrait
    Literature scherzo on modern politics.

  • Daniel Cohn-Bendit. Europe Is the Last Utopia
    The European identity today and in future in programme Magna Charta

  • Taras Voznyak. Globalization as A Challenge to the Humanity
    Two sides of globalization coin: pros and cons.

  • Ukraine and United Europe on the Globalization Process Background. The Round Table In “Ji” Editorial Office with the Participation of Prof. Dr. Myroslav Popovych
    Open discussion of the EU enlargement problems and Ukrainian choice.

  • Yaroslav Dashkevych. To The Problem of Globalization
    Mostly historical and economic aspects of the problem.

  • William Pfaff. Ideology Still Means A Lot in the Great Powers’ Struggle
    The ruling system creates its competitor itself – it is the fundamental ideological principle of powers

  • Alexandr Smolar. They Do Not Pass and Do Not Die
    The role of national state in the era of globalization

  • Dieter Haller. Shock-Absorber On The Way To Globalization
    Re-evaluation of time factor in global processes context.

  • Joseph Jurt. German-French Dialogues About Culture. Once More About The Provincial Cosmopolitism
    National traditions in case of senseless territorial principle.

  • Leszek Kolakowski. The Search for Barbarian. The Cultural Universalism Illusions
    Definition of Europo-centrism and what does it mean in the world scale.

  • Leszek Kolakowski. The Lost Village
    Village in human and global dimensions

  • Heiko Schrader. Globalization, (De)Civilization And Morality
    Homogenization, localization and fragmentation of society as three main components of globalization which decompose state violence monopoly.

  • Volodymyr Yeshkilev. Post-Modernistic “Consume Machine” And Ukrainian Cultural Tradition
    What is post-modernism: the prospect in future or the last point in culture history?

  • Svitlana Marintsova. Global Tendencies As A Challenge To The Humanity Being Dimension
    Economical liberalism, new world order and other globalistic changes from human point of view.

  • Dmytro Shurkhalo. Dark Ages of the Third Millennium
    History uses to repete, but not always in the same way.

  • Taras Voznyak. Notes To Philosophic Aspects of Ecumenical Dialogue
    Problems of pluralism and internal Christian dialogue in new conditions.

  • Taras Voznyak. Notes To Post-Modern As Civilization Crisis (To The Models Of Cycle Development Of European Civilization)
    What does the human being lost without God and are there any substitutions to Him?

  • Roman Kis. Globalization-Localization-Glocalization (American, Swedish And Ukrainian View)
    Different approaches and different levels of approach to the same problem.

  • Komandante Markos. The Fourth World War Has Started
    Neoliberalism as a new actor on the world political arena.

  • Yaroslav Svatko. The Lost Paradise And The Rake Of Globalization
    Ukraine in modern conditions of the “short world”.

  • Peter Bicksel. America Does Not Exist.
    A short story about a truth that looks like a lie – or vice versa.

  • Milorad Pavic. Wagewood Tea Set
    A mystery of rational and irrational.

  • Jakub Boratynski. The Bitterness of Visas
    New European border and visa problem.

  • Orest Semotyuk. Mass Media in Globalization Processes: The Stage and Prospects

  • Volodymyr Kulyk. To The Wonderful New World

  • Piotr Swoik. Kazakhstan – New Africanate?


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