Re: [OPE-L] Imperialism in our century

From: Charlie (charles1848@SBCGLOBAL.NET)
Date: Mon Dec 31 2007 - 18:10:11 EST

I recall a statistic (anecdotal quality only) to the effect that the
manufacturing workforce in China peaked several years ago and was
shrinking. It was not a cyclical event, instead evidence that automation
was even replacing workers at low Chinese wages. Don't know if evidence
confirms or denies this.

In addition, a portion of the manufacturing jobs in low-wage Asian
countries exist despite the possibility of automation only because the
wages are so low that automation does not pay.

Cerni's article conveys a sense of successive imperialist centers
without overall forward motion such as the above indicates.

A related consideration: Although the U.S. borrowed and stole British
technology early in the 19th century, by the Crystal Palace exhibition
of 1851 the U.S. was an engineering leader. In other words, the up and
coming capitalist country was a technological leader, too. The German
case was similar. China does not yet display the same lead.

These points suggest that Chinese capitalism is up and coming at a time
when the economic space for capitalist development is narrowing.

Charles Andrews

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