What Thomas Barnett proposes in The Pentagon’s New Map and Blueprint for Action is bad in two senses, William S. Lind argues — it won’t work, and if somehow it did the result would be evil:
In both books, Barnett divides the world into two parts, the Functioning Core and the Non-Integrating Gap. This is parallel to what I call centers of order and centers or sources of disorder, and I agree that this will be the fundamental fault line of the 21st Century. Barnett’s error is that he assumes the Functioning Core will be the stronger party, able to restore order in places where it has broken down. [...] A cynic might suggest that the United States can’t even do this in New Orleans much less in foreign countries.
If somehow this worked, it would bring about Hell’s first cousin, Lind says — a Brave New World:
He would create an inescapable new world order that bears a remarkable resemblance to the one Aldous Huxley described in his short novel Brave New World, published in the 1930s — a “soft totalitarianism” where the first rule is, “you must be happy.” Happiness, in turn, is a product of endless materialism, consumerism, sensual pleasure and psychological conditioning. If that sounds like a good description of American popular culture, it is exactly that culture Barnett proposes to force down the throat of every person on earth, with the U.S. military serving as the instrument of coercion.