[OPE-L:6706] Imperialism

From: Asfilho@aol.com
Date: Mon Mar 11 2002 - 02:06:49 EST

I agree with most of the "non-economic" aspects of imperialism raised in 
recent posts. We can obviously find many such examples. The trouble with them 
is that they do *not* lead to a theory of imperialism, but only to a 
collection of more or less infuriating anecdotes. 

In order to avoid the latter, we need a theory of international power 
structures. And such a theory - with apologies to political scientists, 
anthropologists and other social scientists - can *only* be an economic 
theory. Unfortunately, we do not have such a theory. This is what I find 
alarming. It is not surprising though - since there is no developed marxian 
theory of the state or of trade, and marxian contributions to the theory of 
finance are only in their infancy, we would have obvious difficulties 
synthesizing them into a theory of imperialism. 


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