[Reader-list] Politics of Imperialism and CounterStrategies
jeebesh at sarai.net
Fri Jun 11 17:40:33 IST 2004
What exactly do you mean by `imperialism`?
What is the social relation or relation of production that you
specifically mark as `imperialism`?
Are you refreing to the processes of capital's expansion, it's social
relation and it's terroritorial ambitions, as imperialism?
If, so why the need for this term?
Ravi Kumar wrote:
> The Iraq War has been an instance of the new face of imperialism.
> There is a deeper process which culminates into such obnoxious
> manifestations. It emerges from the dynamics of capitalist
> development, from its desire to sustain its hegemony and expand. The
> two processes may appear as separate or as simultaneous. This
> imperialism bases itself on ideological terrain of local as well as
> global politics. Some might argue that the two are hardly any
> different. After all, these wars, torture chambers (which are no
> longer critiqued in the same manner as the Hitler’s pogrom despite
> resemblances), and the new age, unprecedented media management, apart
> from a process of subtle politics that keeps criticality of general
> mass at bay, are meant for whom. Whose interest do they serve? Can
> they be understood in the simple rhetoric of annual fiestas at Porto
> Alegre or Mumbai? How can we trace the underlying logic and dynamic
> process of the protests, repression and imperialism today? These are
> some of the many questions that a recent anthology of articles
> published by Aakar Books, Delhi tries to raise. It’s back cover reads:
> /“The God’s Cowboy Warrior holds world to ransom. While, Green and
> Saffron guards all play their part in this Grand Inquisition,
> extending and intensifying it./
> The papers in this collection grounding themselves in diverse Marxist
> traditions are united in their pursuit to understand the ongoing
> political conflicts around the globe. Imperialism and all its
> de-humanized representations are realizations of the systemic logic of
> capitalism. If alternative has to be anti-capitalist, its evolving
> forms/ contents have to be identified. One cannot simply go on
> rhetoricising ad infinitum – “another world possible”. Even if we
> refrain from identifying that ‘world’, the system will define it in
> its own way. “Anti-capitalist indifference” leads to barbaric
> conclusions, reflected in nationalist vandalism of RSS and Shiv Sena
> in India, Al Qaeda in the Middle East, anti-immigrant racist
> resurgence in the “advanced” societies – “anti-capitalist capitalism”.
> There is always a danger of being trapped in the systemic dungeon of
> mystifications reproducing the bourgeois society if the processes
> leading towards it are not comprehended; and it needs courage to break
> that trap. The Argentine, Venezuelan, Mexican and Bolivian upheavals
> and the officialization of sections of the dissent require
> explanation. Here, we have some representative Marxist modes of
> understanding the politics in present day Capitalism, i.e., the
> politics of Imperialism and forces against it.”
> *Title: The Politics of Imperialism and its Counterstrategies*
> *Editors:* Pratysuh Chandra, Anuradha Ghosh and Ravi Kumar
> *Contributors:* Samir Amin, Massimo De Angelis, Werner Bonefeld,
> Ronald Chilcote. Ana Cecilia Dinerstein, John Bellamy Foster, John
> Holloway, Nathalia E. Jaramillo, Doug Lorimer, Peter Mclaren, Prabhat
> Patnaik, James Petras, William K. Tabb
> *Price:* Rs.200 (PB); Rs.675 (HB)
> *Publisher:* Aakar Books (aakarb at del2.vsnl.net.in)
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