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Sam King

limits of Lenin’s view. The contemporary critique begins with an overview of how contemporary writers have dealt with this aspect of Lenin’s work, followed by an examination of two prominent contemporary views. It has already been shown that ‘finance capital’, for Lenin, means the monopolistic merger of banking and industry, while the ‘highest stage of capitalism

in Imperialism and the development myth
Sam King

. Profound social and material changes in capitalism and the crises this transition provoked provided the social conditions that made Lenin’s study possible and necessary. It is usual for pivotal scientific work to emerge out of profound crisis. Marxists defend the relevance of Marx’s major works on the basis that important scientific work will have a lasting value for its subject

in Imperialism and the development myth
Tennyson S.D. Joseph

identify the ways in which the material conditions of capitalism shaped the level of consciousness and the organisational forms of the global working class, and had rendered obsolete the organisational imperatives proposed in Lenin’s What is to Be Done? 4 In concrete terms, James was able to show how the new revolutionary upheavals – such as in Hungary in 1956 – had meant that ‘1945–1956 is finished’ and that ‘the future is with revolution after all’. 5 It is safe to argue that the period following the early

in Revolutionary lives of the Red and Black Atlantic since 1917
Sam King

the capitalistic regime. 1 It is often assumed that in describing imperialism as ‘the highest stage of capitalism’, Lenin thought the system would imminently collapse. Alternatively, he is believed to have viewed one or another of the forms of imperialist rule present in his own period

in Imperialism and the development myth
Sam King

anti-imperialist mass struggle (and the class struggle more broadly). Anti-imperialist mass struggle in the twentieth century occurred principally in two waves triggered by the first and second inter-imperialist world wars. Lenin’s Imperialism is a product of the first of these waves. During the second wave large national liberation movements in China, India, Indonesia and

in Imperialism and the development myth
Lenin and Langston Hughes
Matthieu Renault

In the summer of 1920, the highlight of the Second World Congress of the Comintern, held in Moscow, was a debate organised by Lenin on ‘national and colonial questions’. Lenin laid down the terms of the debate in a series of theses, asking his ‘comrades’ to communicate their remarks on a list of issues: Ireland, national minorities from Central Europe and the Balkans, Russian Turkestan (Central Asia), the ‘peoples of the Orient’ and ‘Negroes in America’. For him, these were all ‘nations […] without equal

in The Red and the Black
Abstract only
Sam King

The neoliberal period reconfirmed the global polarisation inherent in the imperialist system. It also made the basic mechanism of Third World exploitation – unequal exchange – explicit and hence easier to explain and demonstrate. It has shown Lenin’s theory of monopoly finance capital is a basically accurate application, not negation, of Marx’s labour theory of value. For

in Imperialism and the development myth
How rich countries dominate in the twenty-first century
Author:

"Over a hundred years since the beginning of modern imperialism, the former colonial world is still prevented from joining the club of imperialist powers. The gap between rich and poor countries is not narrowing but growing. China is usually presented as challenging the dominance of the United States and other rich countries. However, imperialist domination over the most sophisticated aspects of the labour process gives the rich countries and their corporations control over the global labour process as a whole – including in China. Third World producers are forced to specialise in the opposite types of work – in relatively simple and low-end labour, for which major price markups and large profits are rarely possible. This is the kernel of unequal exchange in world trade. The imperialist system develops two types of capital – monopoly and non-monopoly capital – and two types of societies – rich, monopoly, imperialist societies and poor, non-monopoly, ‘Third World’ societies. China’s ascendance to become the most powerful Third World country in no way threatens to topple continuing imperialist dominance. Most contemporary Marxist writing has not been focused on global income polarisation and imperialist exploitation of the poor countries. For this reason, it has been unable to explain how exactly the same countries continuously reproduce their dominance. However, the actual conditions of the neoliberal world economy have made explicit how this happens through the labour process itself. In doing so it has also shown how Marx’s labour theory of value can be concretely applied to the conditions of monopoly capital today.

Sam King

It is not true that Lenin’s theory of imperialism is disconnected from the Marxist theory of value, even though the link is not made explicit in his work. That would be true if monopoly, as Lenin understood it, had no connection to value transfer or if he saw monopoly as tending to abolish Marx’s law of value (meaning that value transfers that

in Imperialism and the development myth
Torbjørn L. Knutsen

and his absolutist regime replaced by a provisional government led by the reform-willing Alexandr Kerensky. The German submarine war and the Russian revolution forced Wilson to make up his mind. As German U-boats began to sink American merchant ships, Wilson reasoned that, if he wanted to protect the freedom of the seas, he could do so only by becoming a full belligerent against Germany. Wilhelm, Wilson, Lenin and Locke On 2 April 1918, President Wilson declared war on Kaiser Wilhelm II – and it was important for Wilson to make clear that his

in A history of International Relations theory (third edition)