Strange Bedfellows

Cultural Relativism and Imperialism

While cultural relativism appears to be the opposite of imperialism a deeper look shows how, in spite of its best intentions, cultural relativism unwittingly supports imperialism. Arguing that every culture is unique and imagining that all contact outside of it will be to its determent makes it all the more likely to be invaded by imperialists. This is because it hasn’t  strengthened its regional connections which would allow it to fight back. Cultural relativism ignores that some of the greatest progressive developments in history have come when cultures mix.

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About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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