[OPE-L] Hudson super imperialism

From: Rakesh Bhandari (bhandari@BERKELEY.EDU)
Date: Sat Jun 03 2006 - 10:27:43 EDT

>Hudson's book referred to by Juriaan was published in Britain by
>Pluto Press in 1992.They have recently reissued his Super
>Imperialism and Global Fracture. Both are essential for
>understanding US imperialism's developing relationship to the
>European imperialist countries and the oppressed nations.

If you are interested, there is a  short review of Hudson's Super
Imperialism book in Rethinking Marxism
October 2004 vol 16, no 4 by Elizabeth Ramey. One question is the
extent to which the new imperialism is driven by the US state as a
unified actor towards political domination independently of and
sometimes in conflict with private investors in search of profits.
What is Hudson's implicit theory of the state and international
relations? I am guessing that Hudson's implicit theoretical views
conflict with your own.

I don't know of any analysis of the similarities between and
differences in Hudson's and Henry C.K. Liu's respective analyses of
state-led dollar imperialism (Henry ck's writings are available on
the web), but they seem to be the two most well known exponents of
this view. I also forwarded to OPE-L a piece by Rohini Hensmann
written for EPW.

It would  be very interesting to compare them to mainstream economic
thinkers such as Ronald McKinnon on the role of the dollar.

See http://www.stanford.edu/~mckinnon/papers/Globalization.pdf

There are more overlaps between this analysis and the above than I
would have expected!

Ramey also raises the question about  whether US state dollar
imperialism is unravelling with the weakness of the dollar and
diversification of reserves.


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