The debate on imperialism. . .

A number of participants in the Imperialism study/discussion group initiated by Redline have been involved in debating David Harvey’s view of imperialism recently through the Review of African Political Economy.

Thanks to Walter Daum for sending us the links.  We have very much valued discussing imperialism with him, John Smith and Andy Higginbottom as well as Tony Norfield and other folks involved in the study/discussion group.

So much of the left in the imperialist world downplays the question of imperialism or reduces it to military invasions such as the Gulf Wars, Afghanistan etc.  The political economy of imperialism, including the role it plays in shaping the material position, experience and political consciousness of workers in the First World often tends to be overlooked or even denied.

David Harvey Denies Imperialism
by John Smith
January 10, 2018
Realities on the Ground: David Harvey replies to John Smith
by David Harvey
February 5, 2018
Imperialist Realities vs. the Myths of David Harvey
by John Smith
March 19, 2018
Dissolving Empire: David Harvey, John Smith, and the Migrant
by Adam Mayer
April 10, 2018
Towards a Broader Theory of Imperialism
by Patrick Bond
April 18, 2018
Is Imperialism Still Imperialist? A Response to Patrick Bond 
by Walter Daum 
May 16, 2018
A Self-Enriching Pact: Imperialism and the Global South
by Andy Higginbottom
June 19, 2018


  1. This debate is fascinating.

    It’s interesting how Harvey has achieved a reputation as a great Marxist thinker/analyst/writer when he disagrees with some rather important core components of Marxist theory – elements of Marx’s crisis theory, Lenin’s analysis of imperialism, to name just two.

    It’s also interesting how the veneer of academic politesse slips when his work is vigorously critiqued by serious, committed Marxists. He seems much more comfortable with adoration than serious critique.

    John Smith, Walter Daum, Andy Higginbottom and Adam Mayer have done the anti-capitalist left a great service in their contributions; they have raised the bar in terms of what we in the First World need to understand to be *real* anti-capitalists rather than just militant trade unionists and militant do-gooders within the rather cloistered conditions of the imperialist world.

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