[OPE-L:4560] Re: Re: imperialism

From: Rakesh Narpat Bhandari (rakeshb@Stanford.EDU)
Date: Wed Nov 22 2000 - 03:23:57 EST

>I'll take a bite at Paul's question.  I'll preface this by
>saying that I haven't re-read Lenin on imperialism lately, and
>that I'm not super-clear on what super-imperialism means, but
>I'm inclined to say, Yes, we live in an era of
>super-imperialism.  At least if that means that the metropolitan
>capitalist powers have foregone the use of military force in
>pressing their individual imperial claims, in favour of
>cooperation vis-a-vis the rest of the world, while restricting
>their mutual rivalry to diplomatic and commercial channels.
>When was there last a real fight between metropolitan capitalist
>powers over access to sources of raw materials or markets?
>Over the last couple of decades the sites of military conflict
>have primarily been arenas of historically-rooted ethnic
>conflict (e.g. Ireland, Palestine, the Balkans), or local
>power-grabs (Iraq/Kuwait).  When the major capitalist powers
>have intervened, it has been to defend a common interest in
>property rights, or oil supplies, or the limitation of the
>contagion of incendiary ethnic feuding.
>Allin Cottrell.

there remains the threat of the fracturing of global markets into 
antagonistic regional trading pacts under the hegemony of certain 
capitals while whole continents (Africa) and subcontinents (South 
Asia) are left out in the dark. there is also the question of 
unilateral US actions which in the jargon of political science 
unravel cooperative regimes. This is explored in the latest book by 
perhaps the leading American theorist of international 
relations--Robert Gilpin.  There is also the irony mentioned by the 
director of the influential Institute of International Economics C 
Fred Bergsten: the collapse of the Soviet Union has removed the basis 
for imperial cooperation and allowed for increasingly antagonistic 
inter-imperial relations. So it has taken the collapse of the Soviet 
Union to give contemporary plausibility Lenin's thesis, he mused in a 
lecture four years ago at UC Berkeley.


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