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By Mark Rupert, Hazel Smith

Now that Soviet variety socialism has collapsed upon itself and liberal capitalism bargains itself because the usual, precious and absolute situation of human social existence on a world scale, this publication insists that the doubtless emancipatory assets of a renewed, and maybe reconstructed, old materialism are extra proper in cutting-edge global than ever earlier than. instead of viewing international capitalism as an eluctable average strength, those essays search to teach how a dialectic of strength and resistance is at paintings within the modern worldwide political economic climate, generating and contesting new realities and growing stipulations within which new kinds of collective self choice turn into thinkable and materially attainable. it is going to be important, topical studying for a person attracted to diplomacy, overseas political financial system, sociology and political thought.

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There is, however, a notable difference. Marx, Engels and many other nineteenth-century socialists more generally saw globalization as a development which produced welcome opportunities from the point of \iew of socialism. It could form the basis of an international working-class movement and dispel narrow-minded nationalist notions. Yet today globalization receives an almost universally hostile reception from the left. It seems to be assumed that it can only represent more complete capitalist control of the world and portends both resistential weakness and economic damage for oppressed and exploited classes.

But there are increasing signs of a growth in international movements of non-capitalist classes. Part of the progressive aspect of capitalist de\·elopment, as seen by Marx, was that, while developing the producti,·e forces, it also developed the strength of the classes which would bury it. I believe that that process goes on and can be accelerated in the new period of globalization. Note I thank Jonathan Ree for very helpful comments on a draft of this chapter. Bibliography Baran, E ([1957] 1973) The Political Eronon~r if Growth, Harmondsworth: Pengui~.

What that surely means is that political action to be effective (to make history) cannot ignore existing forces and movements. \\'hatever political destination is desired for the future, the route is necessarily constrained by the partially unstoppable movement of the spirals of history. There are moments in history where there may be no alternative outcomes. But more usually a given economic or political situation can evoh·e in a range of different possible directions. But not in just any chosen direction.

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