[Marxism] Capitalism, the Highest Stage of Imperialism
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Fri Oct 19 11:19:47 MDT 2012
Capitalism, the Highest Stage of ImperialismBy Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the
African Socialist International.
“Elaborating, Marx declared, “The
discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement
and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning of
the conquest and looting of the East Indies, the turning of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black skins, signalized the rosy
dawn of the era of capitalist production. These idyllic proceedings are
the chief momenta of primitive accumulation…
In the same work Marx also explained,
though not intentionally, the obvious contradiction impacting the
relationship between white people, including “workers,” and Africans and most others, the contradiction that is responsible for a commonality of cross-class interests within European society:
“Whilst the cotton industry introduced
child slavery in England, it gave in the United States a stimulus to
transformation of the earlier, more or less patriarchal slavery, into a
system of commercial exploitation. In fact the veiled slavery of the
wage workers in Europe needed, for its pedestal, slavery pure and simple in the new world.”
African Internationalists are historical
materialists whose investigation and analysis of the world has as its
starting point an examination of the world from the objective reality
and experiences of Africans and the vast majority of the people on the
planet, including the “white” or European people.
So it is clear to us that imperialism is not a product of capitalism; it is not capitalism developed to its highest stage.
Instead, capitalism is a product of imperialism.
Capitalism is imperialism developed to its highest stage, not the other way around.
The imperialism defined by Lenin has as its foundation the “primitive accumulation” spoken of by Marx.
Finance capital, the export of capital,
monopoly, etc., are all articulations of a political economy rooted in
parasitism and based on the historically brutal subjugation of most of
Unlike Marx and Lenin, we African Internationalists deny that there has ever been anything progressive about capitalism.
Capitalism was born parasitic.
Capitalism was born in disrepute, born of the rapes, massacres, occupations, genocides, colonialism and every
despicable act humans are capable of inflicting on others.
Capitalism was not responsible for some
great, otherwise unimaginable leap in production, which—despite its
contradictions—resulted in progress and enlightenment.
What capitalism did was to rip the vast
majority of humanity out of the productive process—in Africa, Asia, the
Middle East, Australia and what has come to be known as the Americas.
The hundreds of millions dead due to the
slave trade and slavery itself; the millions exterminated everywhere
Europeans ventured—these are people whose hands were forever removed
from a relationship with nature that would result in “production.”
Europeans achieved their national identity by way of this bloody process.
This is not something that only happened a long time ago. The world’s peoples are suffering the consequences of
capitalist emergence even now.
Locked in colonies and indirect rule of
neocolonialism, restricted to lives characterized by brutality,
ignorance and violence in the barrios of the Americas and other internal colonies characterized as Indian reservations and black ghettos, kept
under the paranoiac, nuclear-backed, armed-to-the-teeth watch of
military forces born of a state power that has its origins in protecting the relationship between capitalism and its imperial pedestal,
capitalism has been the absolute factor in restricting production and
development by concentrating productive capacity in the hands of the
world’s minority European population that sits atop the pedestal of our
Capitalism was not the good,
“progressive” force that is the precursor to something better for
“humanity.” Capitalism was a disaster that rescued Europe from a
diseased feudal existence at the expense of the world.
Europe is not the center of the universe.
In the seventeenth century Galileo, an
Italian scientist ran afoul of the Catholic church with his claim that
the Earth circumnavigated the sun, as opposed to the prevailing view,
supported by the church, that it was the Earth that was the center of
His view, supported by science, challenged views informed by the limited perspective of the terrestrial world.
Today’s white left is also locked into a
worldview that places the location of Europeans in the world as the
center of the universe. It always has.
Otherwise, Marx would have been forced to declare that the road to socialism was the destruction of the
“pedestal” upon which all capitalist activity occurs, not some
maturation of contradictions within the capitalist society upon the
pedestal, a society that owed its success to the existence of that
Destroy slavery to destroy capitalism
In an earlier work entitled The Poverty
of Philosophy, Marx made this startling admission, “Direct slavery is
just as much the pivot of bourgeois industry as machinery, credits, etc. Without slavery you have no cotton; without cotton you have no modern
industry. It is slavery that gave the colonies their value; it is the
colonies that created world trade, and it is world trade that is the
pre-condition of large-scale industry…”
“Without slavery North America, the most
progressive of countries would be transformed into a patriarchal
country. Wipe North America off the map of the world, and you will have
anarchy—the complete decay of modern commerce and civilization. Cause
slavery to disappear and you will have wiped America off the map of
What an excellent formula for the overthrow of capitalism!
Certainly this is the view of the African People’s Socialist Party and consistent with the trajectory of the
Black is Back Coalition and the Break the Silence demonstration designed to bring the cause of the “slaves” of the world center-stage.
The slavery of today is comprised of the
colonial, subject and oppressed peoples of the world. The Break the
Silence mobilization is part of the trajectory to cause slavery to
disappear and objectively, to achieve its predicted attendant
African Internationalism is the way forward
African Internationalism has brought us
to a different understanding than that held by Marx and Lenin regarding
the way forward in the struggle against capitalism. It is rooted in our
recognition, supported by the extensive quotes from Marx above, that it
was imperialism that gave birth to capitalism and not the other way
We claim that “African Internationalism
is a scientifically falsifiable theory as can be seen in this question:
Would capitalism and the resultant European wealth and African
impoverishment have occurred without the European attack on Africa, its
division, African slavery and dispersal, colonialism and
neocolonialism?” (One People! One Party! One Destiny!)
Lenin stated that imperialism is
capitalism that is characterized in part by parasitism. But from what we have already seen from the pen of Marx, capitalism was born parasitic.
That is the meaning of the enslavement, colonization and annexation of other countries and peoples by Europe.
A direct line of connection, a unity of
opposites, a dialectical relationship, exists between the vast majority
of the planet and Europe and Europeans.
Struggle against the pedestal which rests on top of the majority of the world!
There is no other explanation for the vast differences in the conditions of existence of Europeans and the rest of us.
America, Australia, Canada, the Caribbean and much of Asia and the Middle East and almost everywhere the U.S. and Europe are currently engaged in bloody wars and intrigues – represent
what Marx has objectified with the term “primitive accumulation.”
Indeed, the current crisis of
imperialism, one from which it will never fully extricate itself, is
responsive to the imperialist “pedestal,” the very foundation of
capitalism extricating itself from its supporting role of the capitalist edifice.
Objectively, this is the meaning of
Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Venezuela, Bolivia, etc. It is in defense
of itself that the U.S. and its partners are engaged in every effort, no matter how brutal or duplicitous, to protect the capitalist status quo.
This is the meaning of AFRICOM, the U.S.
military project created to ensnare the entire African continent in the
permanent embrace of U.S. imperial domination to the exclusion of other
avaricious imperialist contenders and African people ourselves.
The future of capitalism also rests on
the continued subjugation of Mexicans and “Indians” within current U.S.
borders, and especially of internally-colonized Africans whose
conditions of existence demand a permanent state of resistance, often
spontaneous and unorganized, but always present.
Our hatred of imperialism and oppression
is what makes it necessary for the African People’s Socialist Party,
African Internationalists, to be in the front ranks of the Black is Back Coalition’s Break the Silence mobilization.
It is precisely because we understand
that the future of capitalism will be determined by the struggle against parasitism, against imperialism, against the pedestal upon which
capitalism relies for its survival.”
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