[Marxism] Fwd: Capital.150: part 3 – struggle! | Michael Roberts Blog

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 27 05:45:11 MDT 2017

In the session on imperialism, the some old debates among Marxists were 
revived. As far as I understood the argument presented by Marcelo Dias 
Carcanholo from the Federal University Fluminense in Rio de Janeiro 
Brazil (Carcanholo PP) , Marcelo reckoned the ‘dependency’ was 
deepening, driven by ‘unequal exchange’ in trade with imperialism and 
significant ‘super-exploitation’ of labour in the peripheral economies. 
This makes it increasingly difficult for national capitalist forces to 
engage the working class in the peripheral economies in class 
collaboration.  Both ‘dependency’ (of ‘colonial’ economies on 
imperialist ones) and ‘super-exploitation’ of labour (in the south by 
the north) as the main generator of profit, are controversial issues and 
the debate continues on the nature of modern imperialist exploitation 
and its implications for class struggle.  Raquel Varela from Lisbon New 
University argued that Marx’s theory of primitive accumulation as 
expounded in Volume One had new angles to take on modern capitalism – 
existing still in the poorest areas of so-called emerging economies like 
India, but Marx’s theory of exploitation of labour by capital was now 
dominant globally.


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