Dependency Theory

Louis Proyect lnp3 at SPAMpanix.com
Thu May 24 10:58:49 MDT 2001


>You have hit the pot here! DT's in Argentina fell very easily towards
>national bourgeois populism (from their initial "leftist" positions)
>precisely because of this. I had never seen it this way. Great on you
>that you could expose it so well.
>
>Néstor Miguel Gorojovsky
>gorojovsky at arnet.com.ar

Okay, let me make myself clear about something. In the debate between
Brenner and the MR school, I support the MR school. British capitalism
could not have succeeded without plundering the New World. 1492 is a key
date/event that Brenner and Woods want to sweep under the rug.

That being said, we/I am not dependency theorists. While correctly pointing
out the systematic peripheralization of countries like Peru, etc., they are
not fully developed Marxists with a full grasp of how to analyze class
relations. By reducing contradictions to those that occur between nations,
they often miss class contradictions.

For example, dependency theory virtually became state-sanctioned in Michael
Manley's Jamaica and Julius Nyerere's Tanzania. Manley, whatever gaseous
denunciations he made against capitalism and professions on behalf of Cuba,
proved incapable of confronting the international and local bourgeoisie. In
Tanzania, Samir Amin, Walter Rodney and John Saul set up shop at the
University of Dar es-Salaam where they served as court counselors to
Nyerere. Amin was the grey eminence, but his sympathies for Prebisch's ECLA
development model clashed with the need for Tanzania to break with the
capitalist system. "African socialism" was a hoax that Amin, Saul and
Rodney helped to perpetrate. The only real "African socialism" was the kind
that Thomas Sankara defended, a martyr to our cause.

Louis Proyect
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