[OPE-L:8019] Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Robert Brenner

From: Rakesh Bhandari (rakeshb@stanford.edu)
Date: Mon Nov 18 2002 - 12:01:52 EST

re 8013

>Perhaps Rakesh you could explain how anti imperialism excludes 
>'worker internationalism' ?
>Paul Bullock

It need not. I was trying to get at another point: capital as global 
social relation is more than a mere aggregate of national economies 
which impinge on each other. Anti imperialist discourse seems to take 
as the fundamental unit of analysis the national economy; one 
national economy dominates another through for example the export of 
capital. As biological reductionists such as John Maynard Smith tend 
to view the organism as the nothing more than a site for intragenomic 
conflict, I am saying that Marxists often seem to undertand the world 
capitalist market as nothing but the site for  conflict among 
capitalist nations. But the organism of capital as a global social 
relation has ontological and conceptual priority over the apparently 
self subsistent national economies out of which it is composed. In 
short, I am making a rather weak suggestion for a kind of holism in 
the analysis of the capitalist system. Cyrus Bina and John Holloway 
have also argued for a kind of holism though on different grounds.

yours, rb

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