Reflections on the Emergence of Greater California as a World Civilization
Chapter 6. Metaglobal California: California Irredenta
161 Chapter 6 Metaglobal California: California Irredenta Which leads to the closing question: Just how powerful is California? The previous chapters have entertained philological, historical, cultural, even management readings of California civilization. Some of the conclusions may be informative, perhaps edifying, but notwithstanding occasional references to strength on a global scale which draws grudging respect, little in this volume has so far systematically brought together the rock-bottom power of California. Fortunately Abraham Lowenthal’s recent summation of California’s pres- ence in a globalizing setting, Global California (2009), furnishes as effective an account as is needed.104 In a work in which much of the text is devoted to extensive documentary confirmation of the depth and range of California’s competitiveness in the world market, Lowenthal’s study is an indispensable starting-point for fur- ther reflection. At the same time Global California is committed to a specific mission: the laudable one of ensuring that optimal use be made by Californians of California’s global features and tendencies.105 While this is all to the good, it is no less important to secure a vantage-point even beyond Lowenthal’s global Califor- nia: to grasp, so to speak, a “meta”-global California which is not just expanding globally but also consolidating itself upon its own soil. 1. Before developing this issue, it is first worth cataloguing the scope and depth of California’s economic clout as narrated by Lowenthal and other sources. Overall, as earlier noted, California ranks eighth or ninth in the world in GDP rankings (see Figure 1). 104...
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