[Marxism] The poorer nations

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Feb 24 09:48:03 MST 2013



Kindle edition: 

In The Darker Nations, Vijay Prashad provided an intellectual history of 
the Third World and traced the rise and fall of the Non-Aligned 
Movement. With The Poorer Nations, Prashad takes up the story where he 
left off.

Since the ’70s, the countries of the Global South have struggled to 
build political movements. Prashad analyzes the failures of 
neoliberalism, as well as the rise of the BRICS countries, the World 
Social Forum, issue-based movements like Via Campesina, the Latin 
American revolutionary revival—in short, efforts to create alternatives 
to the neoliberal project advanced militarily by the US and its allies 
and economically by the IMF, the World Bank, the WTO, and other 
instruments of the powerful. Just as The Darker Nations asserted that 
the Third World was a project, not a place, The Poorer Nations sees the 
Global South as a term that properly refers not to geographical space 
but to a concatenation of protests against neoliberalism.

In his foreword to the book, former Secretary-General of the United 
Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali writes that Prashad “has helped open the 
vista on complex events that preceded today’s global situation and 
standoff.” The Poorer Nations looks to the future while revising our 
sense of the past.

Noam Chomsky: “It is startling how insulated the West has remained from 
the thinking, achievements, and struggles of the great majority of the 
world's people. This lucid and well-informed study reveals how much 
there is to learn from this rich and vibrant record.”

Susanne Soederberg, Professor in Global Development Studies, Queens 
University, Canada: “Vijay Prashad has courageously and meticulously 
forged a fascinating study that challenges mainstream, Western 
narratives of world history. In this provocative and sweeping 
exploration, the injustices and subjugation of peoples in the global 
South are not only made visible but political.”

Eduardo Galeano: "Vijay Prashad helps to uncover the shining worlds 
hidden under official history and dominant media.”

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