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The fortune of a salesman and the fate of the Palestinians

In her magnificent book the ‘Irresistible Empire: America’s Advance through 20th-Century Europe’, Victoria de Grazia charts the distinctive character of the United States’ global hegemony as a market empire. De Grazia begins her book by citing the twenty-eighth American president, Woodrow Wilson, extolling the US virtues of trade and business acumen. In an address to the first World’s Salesmanship Congress in 1916, Wilson called for America’s ‘Democracy of Business’ to take the lead in the ‘struggle for the peaceful conquest of the world’. He exhorted his audience to ‘go out and sell goods’ and in the process of selling convert the warring people of Europe to ‘the principles of America’.

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