Hear , hear, Waistline


> Comment
> Obviously the modern Chinese state is not a SETTLER STATE or seeking  to
> secure or maintain a colony established by settlers. Treating
> "imperialism" in
> this era of political domination of speculative finance as  a general
> "imperialism" defeats the mean of this tread: "the end of  the imperialist
> epoch." Qualifying and quantifying the meaning of  imperial-colonialism is
> part
> of asking the question "end of the  imperialist epoch."
> Lenin's Hobson unraveling of "modern imperialism" of his era was  useful
> because a real imperialism was examined in its economic and  political
> features.  Lenin spoke of monopolies, finance capital
> (financial-industrial
> capital);  hundreds of millions of slaves of a  direct colonial system and
> the fight
> amongst  direct colonizers for a  re-division of an already divided world.
> This fight for  spheres of  influence was based in the national productive
> logic of huge   multinational state structures.
> The history of colonialism - at least in general Marxist terms, has  meant
> more than "imperial outreach" or a lack of rights of those  beings
> colonized.
> Imperialism of the epoch we are leaving has meant an end  to the direct
> colonial  system; the end of neo colonialism and the  imperial colonization
> based on  financial-industrial capital.
> The post WW II period and into the 1980's saw the rise and fall of  the
> colony and neo colonialism as these political forms of rule  expressed
> financial-industrial capital.  Vietnam Liberation and  unification in 1976
> is a
> world book mark on an epoch that began with  our revolution of 1776. This
> does
> not mean no one of earth is  oppressed and exploited through world
> bourgeois
> production relations.  Rather, a specific form of imperialism -colonialism,
> has  been  superseded.
> America inaugurated an epochal wave of colonial revolutions that would span
> two hundred years. We settled our national liberation struggle against the
> British Empire - with a Slave Oligarchy intact seeking its distinct
> "anti-colonial interest" imperialist interest, and then settled the war
> against
> the slave system. American finance capital emerged from the  Civil War
> facing
> a  world with colonial states as direct appendage of  imperialist state
> structures  preventing its free flow of finance  capital beyond Latin
> America.
> The First World Imperialist War shook imperialism - the direct  colonial
> system, to its foundations, with the Soviets breaching the  political and
> economic bourgeois imperialist chain. The political  basis for imperialist
> war in
> the past century, rather than the economic  impetus for war under
> capitalism,  (anarchy of production with war  production being a profit
> center) was
> the fight  for colonies or  spheres of influence based on colonial
> possessions.
> The fight  between  imperialist states was not over one huge state
> colonizing another but   over the colonies represented by these massive
> states. This
> form of  imperialism  is very much part of the question "end of the
> imperialist  epoch."
> The Second World Imperialist War sounded the death knell of direct
> colonialism. The defeat of German fascism was the last gasp of a form of
> finance
> capital politically dominated by industrial capital seeking to  recreate
> the
> direct colonial system. For the German state direct  colonialism meant
> revitalization of economic and social life - "the  thousand year rule," or
> in lay
> person terms "French wine, Polish hams  and Slavic slave women."
> American finance capital - emerging 50 years before Lenin's  "Imperialism,"
> sought to recreate the political world leading the  charge to wipe direct
> colonialism from the face the earth. American  financial imperialism sought
> to
> defeat its enemies and identified them as  direct colonizers of the world.
> It's  slogan was "national  independence" and self determination of nations
> up to and  including  the formation of separate states.  This battering ram
> against the   direct colonial system explains why "Uncle Ho" armies entered
> Hanoi at the  close  of WW II with CIA in tow playing the Star Spangled
> Banner.
> Then  of course came  the policy change and the Cold War.
> This era of financial-industrial capital - finance capital, from  direct
> colony to neo-colony spanned from the results of the Civil War  until the
> 1980's  and the Reagan administration. Bush I declared the  "New World
> Order" to
> the  citizens of earth. This meant in my mind the  imperialism we had known
> was being  jettisoned from history. Not  imperial outreach but imperialism.
> The imperialist epoch is the epoch of the bourgeoisie rather than  Imperial
> Rome, as its politically dominant sector - based on its  connection in
> commodity  production, sought to recreate the world in  its interest.
> Hence, a
> specific form  of imperialism. Each era and  epoch has its distinct
> political-economic interest.  What is the  political interest of an
> imperial capital
> resting on a non-banking   financial architecture increasingly driven by
> notional
> capital, fiat  currency  and economic logic increasingly based on notional
> -
> imaginary, value?
> Tibet is no colony, unless the new definition of colony means  historically
> evolved peoples lacking a political state. Tibet is an  autonomous region
> within  the multinational state of the Peoples  Republic of China.
> Self determination of nations can also mean autonomous regions within  a
> socialist or capitalist state with the degree of autonomy depending  of all
> kinds  of factors. In real life there is no possibility of Tibet  forming a
> separate  political state within a multinational state  framework. This
> does not
> make  Tibet a colony, even within a  framework of a "capitalist China."
> Dragging Tibet into a discussion of "the end of the imperialist epoch" adds
> nothing to examining our brave new world politically dominated by
> speculative  finance.
> Waistline
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