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12, 2016
Sci 504

World System Theory

Immanuel Wallerstiens World System Theory is one of the best examples on

how we can describe the international sphere regarding social, political and economic.
His categorization of states by core, semi-peripheral and peripheral, and how they
interact with each other through polarization shows how states would determine their
own existence by depending with other states. The theory also reminds us on how
states would sustain their own especially through the economic aspect and one way
on how they can sustain is through depending to other states. If we look into
Wallersteins theory, he hugely emphasizes that the core states are heavily dependent
through the semi peripheral and peripheral states, and one way is that the core states
will exploit the resources of the weaker states by gaining more huge shares of profit
rather than the weaker states. If look into this scenario, to be able to survive and
become a stronger one, all you need to do is to take advantage to the weaker ones
just like a bully at school, taking all the lunch money from smaller kids.
If we look into our history, the best example on how world system theory can be
applied is on during the period of colonialism and imperialism where we can look into
the economic, political and social inequalities done by the overtaking states. The social
injustices done in terms of racial discrimination, slavery and European supremacist,
political discrimination which the natives has less participation and the means of
power is directly control by center of imperialist states, and especially economic
power: the unequal distribution of labour and resources in the encomiendas, and the
unfair share of profit. If we look into these weaker states especially the periphery ones,
these are rich places abundant in natural resources and actually many of these
countries have the capacity to feed their own people. However the nature of
exploitative politics such as plutocracy or oligarchy, the oppressive core states and
multinational corporations forces the periphery states to agree on such agreements
such as free-trade that would enter the competitive environment that in fact these
core states will later gain the upper hand, force also the periphery states to buy
unnecessary products while the core states heavily exploits their natural resources.
The point is that there is international inequality that hinders one country to develop.
The problem is that a lot of people are unaware or even ignoring the situation of such
type of catastrophe which is happening to the world. Only a few tries to solve the
problem, opposing the oppressors and helping those oppressed people. I still believe
that there are still a few who will determine to fight against this oppressors and social
injustices, and fight for the oppressed. It is not necessary through armed conflict but
the way to solve and fight this problem I believe it can be through democratic by
parliamentary means. Social legislation could raise the voice of the masses. It may
sound socialism, yet for me the goal of socialism may be too utopian in nature, but

the movement is everything and this movement is continuously enriching the lives
of the oppressed.