Global Commodity Chains and the New Imperialism

By Intan Suwandi, R. Jamil Jonna and John Bellamy Foster (originally posted at Monthly Review), Twenty-first-century capitalist production can no longer be understood as a mere aggregation of national economies, to be analyzed simply in terms of the gross national products (GDPs) of the separate economies and the trade and capital exchanges occurring between them. … More Global Commodity Chains and the New Imperialism

The Real History of Imperialism: A Comment by James Parisot on Recent Debates

By James Parisot, The continuing debate over contemporary imperialism triggered by John Smith’s criticisms of David Harvey has been wide ranging and brought forth many important questions for 21st century global capitalism. The discussion was primarily centered around insights from Smith’s book Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century regarding questions of economic exploitation between those countries … More The Real History of Imperialism: A Comment by James Parisot on Recent Debates

The Roots of Marx’s Anti-Colonialism

By Thierry Drapeau, In his film The Young Karl Marx, director Raoul Peck features a scene where an anonymous Frenchman of African descent makes a heartfelt intervention during one of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s outdoor speeches in Paris. Contrasting with the crowd of laborers gathered around him, the elegantly dressed, top-hatted black gentleman briefly interrupts the famous … More The Roots of Marx’s Anti-Colonialism

New Book: Dust Bowls of Empire – Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism

By Hannah Holleman. From Yale University Press: A profound reinterpretation of both the Dust Bowl on the U.S. southern plains and its relevance for today The 1930s witnessed a harrowing social and ecological disaster, defined by the severe nexus of drought, erosion, and economic depression that ravaged the U.S. southern plains. Known as the Dust … More New Book: Dust Bowls of Empire – Imperialism, Environmental Politics, and the Injustice of “Green” Capitalism

RIP, Samir Amin (1931-2018)

It is with a heavy heart that I announce that the pioneering political economist Samir Amin has passed. May he Rest In Power. From a Marxist perspective, Samir Amin was highly influential in contributing to the trenchant literature on imperialism, dependency theory/world-systems analysis & monopoly capital, and for coining the term Eurocentrism. Below is a … More RIP, Samir Amin (1931-2018)