[Marxism] South America: How ‘anti-extractivism’ misses the forest for the trees | Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal
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Sat May 24 15:27:18 MDT 2014
Extractive industries exist in every South American country. However,
those fixated on extractivism often neglect to point out that the reason
for this can be found in the region’s history of imperialist domination.
Progressive governments inherited economies that are deeply dependent on
raw material exports because this is the role that colonial and
imperialist countries have for centuries assigned to the region.
Overcoming extractivism is therefore intertwined with overcoming
imperialist control over the region’s economies.
Any genuine campaign against South American “extractivism”, particularly
by solidarity activists in imperialist countries, must start by pointing
the fingers at those truly responsible for extractivism in South
America: imperialist governments and their transnational corporations.
The label “extractivist” also conceals the real differences between
governments that do the bidding of transnationals and imperialist
governments, and peoples’ governments trying to use their country’s
resources to break imperialist dependency and improve living standards
for the majority.
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