Russian imperialism

Thu Aug 1 14:24:38 MDT 1996

     Louis's mistake is to limit the concept of
imperialism to Lenin's definition and analysis.
The concept long predated capitalism and is much
more general.
     Let's be clear.  It is the classless state of
communism under which one would not expect there to
be imperialism.  No state has claimed to have achieved
communism, but many, including the states of the CMEA
bloc have claimed to have achieved socialism.
     Call what was going on, "social imperialism," or
if you are too much of a Leninist fundamentalist, go
Maoist and call it "social hegemonism."
Barkley Rosser

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