RE: [OPE] Britain--parasitic and decaying capitalism: A comment

Date: Thu Jan 14 2010 - 14:49:49 EST

> Well dominance by a small property owning elite is true of all societies
> between primitive communism and socialism, so what is relevant about the
> fact that this trait exists in the former colonies other than to say
> that they are no longer primitive communist societies?

Hi Paul:
WEll, the property owned by elites in neo-colonial nations is often not
at all small. Look, for instance, at patterns of land ownership in many Latin American countries. The relevance of this group has to do with the relationship of the governments in these nations to the imperialist powers. This is hardly accidental since these elites generally owe their existence historically to colonialism and imperialism. It can also be relevant in other ways: e.g. the persistence of patterns of stratification and division of labor under colonialism has explanatory power for many ethnic divisions in the former colonial world.

> You are lumping Ghana and Malaysia, India and Dahomey into one bundel.
You, evidently, didn't notice my qualification - "tends".
> Are you claiming that India is a neo-colony !
> Sureley not, it is a rising world power.
That's what they said about Brazil in the 1960s.
That's what was said about Indonesia during much of Sukharto's tenure.
I remember it being said about the Philippines under Marcos.
It used to be said about Thailand. It was said about Argentina.
That's what they said about South Korea before the East Asian crisis.
Time will tell....
In solidarity, Jerry

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