Re: [OPE] fascism / opposing imperialist military interventioninLibya

From: B.R.Bapuji <>
Date: Fri Apr 01 2011 - 06:21:10 EDT

Dear OPE-list members, Please find attached a chapter on Imperialism which I translated [in 1999]from the Telugu original and the general title of the book which appeared in three volumes in English is: AN INTRODUCTION TO MARX'S 'CAPITAL' [IN 3 VOLUMES] by Ranganayakamma, a member of this list. This is not in response to any particular commentator. This is only to inform to Non-Indian scholars who are interested in Marx's 'Capital', either critically or without reservations. Those who do not have time to go through this may ignore this attachment. There are obviously several non-native English expressions in this translation which is done by a non-native English speaker. After all, as some of our sociolinguists argue, there are many EnglishES. Bapuji   B.R.Bapuji, Professor, Centre for Applied Linguistics & Translation Studies [CALTS], University of Hyderabad, Central University post office, HYDERABAD-500 046. (Phone: 040-23133655,23133650 or 23010161). Residence address: 76, Lake-side Colony, Near Durgam Cheruvu, [End of Road opp:Madapur Police Station], Jubilee Hills post, Hyderabad-500033. (Phone: 040-23117302)   ________________________________ From: Jurriaan Bendien <> To: Outline on Political Economy mailing list <> Sent: Thu, March 31, 2011 7:51:48 PM Subject: Re: [OPE] fascism / opposing imperialist military interventioninLibya I think that, historically speaking, the capitalist mode of production is one among very few modes of production which is intrinsically "expansionary", and it has been the only mode of production that has proved to be globally expansionary. As Marx explained, capital can exist only if it is constantly expanding. Even if the surplus product is not used for the purpose of increasing output, competition does force market expansion anyway. In practice, one aspect of market expansion is territorial expansion, and in this sense capitalism is intrinsically imperialist, since it involves a perpetual quest to control more business territory. In that context, the term "economic imperialism" makes sense. Rosa Luxemburg's definition is also quite useful: "Imperialism is the political expression of the accumulation of capital in its competitive struggle for what remains still open of the non-capitalist environment" (The accumulation of capital, p. 446). One could rephrase this to mean that imperialism is the superstructural expression of economic forces in the international sphere. J. _______________________________________________ ope mailing list

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