New Qualitative Phase of Imperialism

Charles Brown CharlesB at
Thu Dec 13 09:12:30 MST 2001

>>> g_schofield at 12/13/01 10:12AM >>>
Charles contribution here is very important. And as it does not lend wieght either way to the debate so far it is worth conidering on its own merits.


CB: I appreciate that, comrade.



This technological development allowed the capitalists to geographically and territorially scatter the points of production., undermining the classic Leninist factory scenario , the workers' direct sensing of their strength in numbers , working class ghettos"

Greg: It is almost an extension of Victor's Suburban sprawl problem (a product of a previous revolution in transport - the affordable car), the tendency to disburse rather than concentrate.


CB: Yes, I think the mass automobile culture is a component of the scattering of workers away from each other, dissolution of working class ghettos. In the form of the truck, the automobile is a major component of the revolution in the means of transportation.

Also, the car individuates , isolates the traveller. Think how different  would be the daily post workday mentality of workers would be if ( in the U.S. anyway) ithe predominate mode of transport home was in trains and buses, where workers could complain about the boss to each other, literature could be distributed in this complaint session atmosphere. Beyond that , the car individuates the economic relation to the major mode of transport. If most depended upon collective transport, the politics of workers' aspect of that struggle would be inherently more collective.

The car makes possible suburban sprawl and relative isolation. And the sprawl itself is directly the residential component of a scattering of the workplaces out of urban concentrations.

On the other hand, I am not sure that suburban sprawl is not the shadow within the bourgeois mode of the unity of the town and country that Marx projects as part of the ecological advance of socialism, perhaps as the increased division or socialization of labor of imperialism foreshadows the socialist mode's increased socialization of production. By the way,  the scattering of the points of production is an increase in socialization of production, more closely interconnecting the workplaces of the whole world, in line with that trend and tendency as discussed by Lenin in _Imperialism_. So, it foreshadows socialism, workers of the world united, too.

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