By Samir Amin
Samir Amin rejects the thought that the present type of neoliberal capitalism is an inevitable destiny for humanity. He analyzes traits in the US, Europe and Japan, the emerging powers of China and India, the most probably destiny trajectory of post-Soviet Russia, and the constructing global. He explores no matter if different hegemonic blocs may well emerge to circumscribe American strength, and strength unfastened marketplace capitalism to regulate to calls for except its slender vital monetary common sense. He identifies the most important international campaigns that he feels progressives should still release, and warns that there's no replacement to successful political power.
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The legacy of the Chinese Revolution will continue to carry considerable positive weight. The achievements of the last twenty years – exceptional levels of balanced economic growth, massive and generally successful urbanization ( million new town dwellers), a remarkable capacity for the absorption of new technology – are often described as miraculous, but in fact they are not. They could not have happened without the revolution that paved the way for them. This judgement, which I share with nearly all creditable Chinese intellectuals, has been developed in my previous writings on China.
Alliances are already in place that draw together the state authorities, the new class of ‘big private capitalists’, the peasantry in areas grown rich through the proximity of urban markets, and the rapidly advancing middle classes. But the fact remains that this hegemonic bloc excludes the great majority of workers and peasants. It would therefore be shaky and artiﬁcial to draw any analogy with the alliances that certain European bourgeoisies forged with the peasantry (against the working class), or with social democracy’s later historic compromise between labour and capital.
Without repeating the arguments, it may be useful to summarize them again with reference to the contrasting ideologies of North America and Europe. The former recognizes only two fundamental values: private property and liberty (understood as the liberty to use property free from any constraint). The latter recognizes a value of equality, whose conﬂict with the value of liberty has to be managed through certain constraints on property (which the French Revolution then replaced with ‘fraternity’).
Beyond US Hegemony?: Assessing the Prospects for a Multipolar World by Samir Amin