[Marxism] Another item from International Socialism

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jul 15 10:14:01 MDT 2006


They reprint a debate between Chris Harman and Robert Brenner over the 
origins of capitalism. Harman's views are closer to my own, but it is 
noteworthy that he does not bother to address the question of the impact of 
the New World in the origins of capitalism, except to mention Wallerstein 
in passing:

"In the second phase of the debate, Emmanuel Wallerstein took up Sweezy's 
position and elaborated it by stressing the flow of gold to Europe after 
the conquest of the Americas by the Spanish from the 1490s onwards. This, 
he argued, permitted Western Europe to buy goods on the cheap from the rest 
of the world and gave a push to the development of capitalism."

And that's the end of it.

Is there any connection between Harman's apparent lack of interest in Latin 
American history in the 16th century and his utterly superficial approach 
to the continent today? You be the judge.





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