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Ukraine: EU, Imf, world bank vs. B.R.I.C.S.

  1. Dec 12, 2013 #1
    The 20th century was a century of political strife struggles between political ideologies, like fascism, socialism and so on. I believe the 21st century will be one of economic strife. In observing the Ukraine situation, I think this is really just a struggle between the EU and IMF verse Russia. I think this is just going to be the first battle over who will control world capital in the 21st century. Whether it will be the EU and the west, or whether it will be the B.R.I.C.S nations. I think viewing this through a political lens of the 20th century is wrong. What are your opinions?
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  3. Dec 14, 2013 #2
    Ideologies of all sorts: religious, political, economic etc. are always at play because it helps for the people to have a moral rationalization for war. Economic issues are also very often relevant throughout history, be it a battle for land, resources, gold etc. Even wars about ideologies can be motivated by economics because the ideology may help to justify the interests -- often economic -- of the powerful and/or rich. Rather than making blanket statements about the 20th century it may be good to review some history:

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    The motivations for war are often never fully understood by the people until long after the event has past. The 20th century may still be too close in history to be fully understood. To answer your question though, I'm sure that economics will be a factor in future conflicts. However, this is nothing new.
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    Speculation of this nature is not a discussion of social sciences.
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