[Marxism] Thai capitalism contradicts the Brenner thesis

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jan 24 14:28:34 MST 2014

On 1/24/14 4:15 PM, Anon Anon wrote:
> It only contradicts the Brenner thesis if you believe the origin of
> capitalism in Siam/Thailand was "national"...which pretty much
> contradicts all serious historical work on the subject (I assume that
> reference [13] in the quote will point to the work of Japanese
> academic Akira Suehiro, who shows that capitalist development in
> Thailand could not be understood as a national phenomenon).
> Ungpakorn's work needs to be located in particular debates in
> Thailand which he is engaged with on the legacies of the CPT's armed
> struggle ideology.  Ungpakorn's particular foil is for dependency
> theory and the Maoist third worldism dominant in leftist thinking in
> the 1960s-80s in Thailand, which denied the possibility of capitalist
> development in Thailand and the emergence of a dominant working class
> (as against an eternal peasant class).

No, I was referring to this: "Therefore it follows that the capitalist 
class, especially in under-developed countries, can be made up of 
absolute monarchs, government officials, communist party bureaucrats or 
private capitalists."

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