marxism and imperialism

wpc at cs.strath.ac.uk wpc at cs.strath.ac.uk
Mon Jan 23 07:22:40 MST 1995


Justin asks
>Are your doubts about Lenin's theory due to an attraction to the
>Marx-Warren theory that imperialism is a progressive force because it
>modernizes backward societies and creates industrialiization and a
>potentially revolutionary proletariat? (Claims which Lenin in part endorses.)

Yes. I also think that 'anti-imperialism' is either
a meaningless or a reactionary slogan in the modern
world now that the empires have gone.
It ties the workers movement to the coat tails
of local capital and prevents an independent
proletarian politics.

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