LaFeber ranges far and wide in his analysis of changes that have occurred since September 11, 2001 in the debate over imperialism, globalization, and fragmentation. LaFeber is clearly convinced that a beneficent American imperialism has the potential to stabilize the world by reducing fragmentation and creating an order based on American values. Unanswered in his view is the question of whether the American people have sufficient strength of will and an attention span adequate to devote sufficient time to a complex foreign policy.
LaFeber, Walter. "The Post-September 11 Debate Over
LaFeber (p. 7) moves on to an analysis of how the forces of anti-globalization failed to make much of an impact on the political economy or the foreign policy initiatives of the sole remaining superpower prior to September 11th. Drawing heavily upon early comments on America offered by Alexis de Tocqueville, LaFeber (p. 8) introduces the economic theories of John Meynard Keynes into his analysis of fragmentation and privatization. He comments extensively upon the post-September 11th actions of George W. Bush and makes a strong case that Bush centralized power in the White House and thereby made what amounts to a political end run around Congress.
Science Quarterly, Spring 2002, 117(1), pp. 1-18.
A Pax Americana would be the ideal result of any American move toward empire. However, LaFeber (pp. 1-14) fails to take into consideration the fact that fully one-third of the people in the world are Muslim and that the vast majority of the Muslim states do not hold the United States in high esteem. These countries are not democracies and do not value democratic ideals and traditions. It is therefore likely that while economic globalization will continue despite September 11th, the fragmentation that led to September 11th will not simply go away because America flexes its political, economic, and military muscles.