[Marxism] [SUSPICIOUS MESSAGE] Re: Fwd: The BRICS Remix Climate Damage and Corporate Collusion | Opinion | teleSUR

Patrick Bond pbond at mail.ngo.za
Sat Aug 30 09:39:41 MDT 2014


On 2014/08/30 04:27 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
> But Walden Bello thinks that BRICS is a good thing

Walden brings up many of the standard critiques. However in spite of the 
overwhelming evidence of superexploitative practice by BRICS at home and 
abroad, you're right, Walden arrives at this surprising conclusion: "In 
the geopolitics of development, the BRICS currently fulfill the role 
that the Soviet Union once played, which was to provide a pole that 
developing countries could play off the United States as they struggled 
to achieve political and economic independence. The dark period of 
unipolar domination by the United States, with its neoliberal 
institutions and ideology, has come to an end with the emergence of the 
BRICS bloc, and this is an extremely positive development."

This is tempting but, I fear, overoptimistic - except when it comes to 
the Russia-Crimea-Ukraine theatre, the 2013 Obama threat to bomb Syria, 
the Snowden asylum and most importantly the historic role of Brazil and 
India in challenging intellectual property for life-saving medicines 
like AIDS drugs. Those are four sites where Walden's argument holds up.

But on climate and financial turmoil - the two most serious crises 
(according to world opinion, as even the Pew Research Center global 
surveys suggest) - there is every reason to fear that the BRICS are 
/amplifying /imperial destructive power. My case is here: 
http://secure-web.cisco.com/1Zhv_aanXFGxXXpgpte1P272CuyPKuOr4BcIrLrxLGMbO-zvHaTeH6BlTHfSWwV_rkvVpth5_5r6FtjVJE8VKQw3_0_NWvNSmaq5vVX3hV6NKpFZjxaATMJlWDPIea3JE10eilKzw4noJduzlqr55RBRL9D56BLoUp4PjrJuJq4E4JS5-gyAHihr3KuZ3szNx-v9AzxArdJJf16cFNd6zQ3Bh6nY_EQYFsfOjqx-Th1Y/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.counterpunch.org%2F2014%2F08%2F01%2Fhow-brics-became-co-dependent-upon-eco-financial-imperialism%2F

By and large, the BRICS illustrate what Rui Mauro Marini termed 
'subimperialism,' and it would be a foolish mistake to believe that, as 
one lad put it a couple of weeks ago on Counterpunch, that "soon, who 
knows, it may be interpreted as the Broad Revolutionary Internationalist 
Causeway towards Socialism" 
(http://secure-web.cisco.com/1fjK6oDfeu1ezqrKwUHrqwGVBBbseJ9E8OKQ1DffItxaA5TcfxQ5r--j1hrkqffjbg2yVSw3FxwEnWBe_kwnfpguHqpSSpSPMDLVAy8k_VL8AFUqxETLs-mq7Hecr1JTVFhK998wISuSrwY8taBPQRI_qjrEV2ln9o6DWYKbE2EpDs-7Q5rrH6h65p_h_TxYi1aN9KDn7dhgZuYah9Lv04FilL5HlhKFiElVU0fy7hFk/http%3A%2F%2Fwww.counterpunch.org%2F2014%2F08%2F15%2Fthe-challenge-to-the-west%2F)


    The BRICS: Challengers to the Global Status Quo

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*By Walden Bello <http://secure-web.cisco.com/1_wBLZTg0vIdSvDQ7FSqyjco9hu30jW7Du1hG1vwbD_IVgFOloutxmDS1fLcgXVWtJTwdUOVhnsOFtwq88f5hGlMYolEtL9ogB1Bf3Vq7-D4d-379D74hHpRVL4nq7im9BBQuMbGxd8JtTyI6kEqOzqQKm56ct2oLgsEpVTlNa4AE8GZvswndAOt3nGQsW1sAhoV-NoSSRFO9YqQ4tkjfpP1RdfgcBBaoBb1-qeSoBjE/http%3A%2F%2Fzcomm.org%2Fauthor%2Fwaldenbello%2F>*
*<http://secure-web.cisco.com/16ci_sCHLKpRX5_FumSx_osYUaOU6E8Hfj6K1DrCHfj8y2If0Qp-5XHS1NiIPJcGiJPXxSUmLsAcXG8ICHv4RLgoKHFB_C6smyBKswwByWOxhPmTsDNJe3WlUJZPgIskznlgY_RUZo2SOuZLFf3_7N90fOhHhhneiY-kkhDHgQeFO4UVShKlV5vRY4R5dVFAAF_tiDLq4gTEqEfIz_IlbUW0o1uwjCh1TJnqQ6a_m7Pg/http%3A%2F%2Fzcomm.org%2Fznetarticle%2Fthe-brics-challengers-to-the-global-status-quo%2F>Source: 
Foreign Policy in Focus 
<http://secure-web.cisco.com/1X2Jb9KjrZNK_HmSn9KLT4THyQi_83TDmaR7vgKL0ZvKDfFepf1jp55lRSBdgjeEMhEIi7IxF5dwVnqhMYWH72Nr5pWLzLOqx0W1Fi76QNTRuhhRxnzfzm-Z-q3qh5g2FFZdC2rla4a3CR6VSIsL3NF6qdunmFNVesIM3H8FcgIuQQvlj68URq48rPSA_WevmoI6GgXzKYiv3xSzZnzGbqpT9AhoAw5z7L6RC9TOmLwE/http%3A%2F%2Ffpif.org%2Fbrics-challengers-global-status-quo%2F%3Futm_source%3Dfeedburner%26utm_medium%3Dfeed%26utm_campaign%3DFeed%3A%2BFPIF%2B%28Foreign%2BPolicy%2BIn%2BFocus%2B%28All%2BNews%29%29>*
August 30, 2014




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