[Marxism] The Class Nature of the Chinese State

Marvin Gandall marvgandall at videotron.ca
Sat Oct 27 14:57:54 MDT 2007

Carlos Eduardo Rebello wrote:

The rule of the thumb would be: the day one can enter a duty-free shop in an
located outside the Mercosur countries and use reais as a purchasing means -
then Brazil would have become an imperialist country.
Imperialist states usually have strong currencies, but that is incidental to
what defines them as imperialist. I'd describe as imperialist those states
which demontrate the will and the capacity, both economic and military, to
carve out colonial or neo-colonial spheres of influence (formal or informal
"empires") where they can prevent their rivals and the subject populations
from competing on the same terms as their own corporations for access to
markets and resources. The US fits this description. The Chinese don't - at
least, presently.

The global American empire doesn't preclude minor regional sub-imperialisms
allied to it. Brazil may be or may become a sub-imperialist power in
relation to Bolivia and its neighbouring states. You're better placed to
judge than I am. But that judgment would necessarily have less to do with
the relative status of its currency in Latin America or on world foreign
exchange markets than with the economic and other measures it was employing
to control the Bolivian and other peoples and their assets against their
will, and to eliminate or inhibit foreign competition on these territories.

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