Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism



Imperialism: The Highest Stage of CapitalismGlobalisation Is The Buzzword Of The S VI Lenin S Imperialism The Highest Stage Of Capitalism Was One Of The First Attempts To Account For The Increasing Importance Of The World Market In The Twentieth Century Originally Published In , Imperialism Explains How Colonialism And The First World War Were Inherent Features Of The Global Development Of The Capitalist EconomyIn A New Introduction, Norman Lewis And James Malone Contrast Lenin S Approach With That Adopted By Contemporary Theories Of Globalisation They Argue That, While Much Has Changed Since Lenin Wrote, His Theoretical Framework Remains The Best Method For Understanding Recent Global Developments

Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich 1870 1924 one of the leaders of the Bolshevik party since its formation in 1903 Led the Soviets to power in October, 1917 Elected to the head of the Soviet government until 1922, when he retired due to ill health.Lenin, born in 1870, was committed to revolutionary struggle from an early age his elder brother was hanged for the attempted assassination of Czar Alexander III In 1891 Lenin passed his Law exam with high honors, whereupon he took to representing the poorest peasantry in Samara After moving to St Petersburg in 1893, Lenin s experience with the oppression of the peasantry in Russia, coupled with the revolutionary teachings of G V Plekhanov, guided Lenin to meet with revolutionary groups In April 1895, his comrades helped send Lenin abroad to get up to speed with the revolutionary movement in Europe, and in particular, to meet the Emancipation of Labour Group, of which Plekhanov head After five months abroad, traveling from Switzerland to France to Germany, working at libraries and newspapers to make his way, Lenin returned to Russia, carrying a brief case with a false bottom, full of Marxist literature.On returning to Russia, Lenin and Martov created the League for the Struggle for the Emancipation of the Working Class, uniting the Marxist circles in Petrograd at the time The group supported strikes and union activity, distributed Marxist literature, and taught in workers education groups In St Petersburg Lenin begins a relationship with Nadezhda Krupskaya In the night of December 8, 1895, Lenin and the members of the party are arrested Lenin sentenced to 15 months in prison By 1897, when the prison sentence expired, the autocracy appended an additional three year sentence, due to Lenin s continual writing and organising while in prison Lenin is exiled to the village of Shushenskoye, in Siberia, where he becomes a leading member of the peasant community Krupskaya is soon also sent into exile for revolutionary activities, and together they work on party organising, the monumental work The Development of Capitalism in Russia, and the translating of Sidney and Beatrice Webb s Industrial Democracy.After his term of exile ends, Lenin emigrates to M nich, and is soon joined by Krupskaya Lenin creates Iskra, in efforts to bring together the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, which had been scattered after the police persecution of the first congress of the party in 1898 After leading the October Revolution, Lenin served as the first and only chairman of the R.S.F.S.R. In 1919 Lenin founded the Communist International In 1921 Lenin instituted the NEP During 1922 Lenin suffered a series of strokes that prevented active work in government While in his final year late 1922 to 1923 Lenin wrote his last articles where he outlined a programme to fight against the bureaucratization of the Commmunist Party and the Soviet state Lenin died on January 21, 1924, as a result of multiple strokes.

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  • Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism
  • Vladimir Lenin
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  • 05 October 2017
  • 0745310354

10 thoughts on “Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism

  1. Fug o& says:

    If you think Ultraimperialism exists, i feel bad for you son, Capitalism s got stages and imperialism s the highest one

  2. C says:

    This is the second book I ve read by Lenin This one s short, invective, and theoretically sweet Could a Marxist ask forIn this book, Lenin is exploring the contradictions inherent in 18th century capitalism, and the resolution capitalism seeks, within its own structures, to resolve the contradiction or, the negation of the negation which equals Imperialism For Lenin, the increased concentration of the means of production, by those who win on the free market even if winning me This is the second book I ve read by Lenin This one s short, invective, and theoretically sweet Could a Marxist ask forIn this book, Lenin is exploring the contradictions inherent in 18th century capitalism, and the resolution capitalism seeks, within its own structures, to resolve the contradiction or, the negation of the negation which equals Imperialism For Lenin, the increased concentration of the means of production, by those who win on the free market even if winning means cheating and free market is a misnomer will rise to a monopoly position Lenin of course seems spot on about this observation, and this view is now generally accepted, hence trust busting, heavy state regulation, the requirement for too big to fail intervention, etc Monopoly is a stage of capitalism, we ve come to accept it, and Lenin chose to fight against it Lenin believes, again rightfully so, that members of an industrial and productive monopoly will begin to sit on the board of directors, intermingle with, and holds strong ties, with monopoly banks, or those that garner profit via Finance Capital Again, this is no surprise today If you analyze who sits on the board of most of Wall Street s banks, along with GE, Lockheed Martin, Shell, etc, you ll find the same names cropping up Thus, there is no real democracy in this free market, there is influence and oligarchy A financial oligarchy to be precise.This oligarch will then be sure to guarantee that finance capital works in its interest, and prevents up and comers, from usurping their position, or even damaging their position, as the newest Monopoly Man Moreover, whereas the Capitalism of Marx s period was obsessed with exporting commodities, once all colonies are fully colonized, and the territory is fully seized by the state, finance capital enters through the back door hell maybe even the front, sometimes armed i.e., with the state police, or US military on its side to cease exporting commodities, and begin to export capital Capital will serve as the catalyst for production in the colony, where the colony will begin to do the exporting of raw materials, as backed by finance capital from a hegemon albeit Lenin doesn t use this term , and ship the resources back to the hegemon, while paying interest on the finance capital lent to it Thus, Imperialism is what follows successful colonization Again, check out what the US was doing in Latin America after WWII, and the Middle East now, and it s hard to deny Lenin s claims.There is a new development though in Capitalism, a negation of imperialism if you will Now the oligarch doesn t just shift from board to board acting in its own interest, but it shifts from board, to board, to regulation agency, to seat in congress, to cabinet position in the White House, etc, using all these various outlets to act in the interest of monopoly capital This is now known as the revolving door phenomena in Washington Henry Paulson goes from Goldman Sachs, to Secretary of Treasury, to a private closed door meeting with Wall Street s oligarchy, constantly acting in the interest of finance capital, to name one example Of course I doubt any of this would surprise Lenin, and it shouldn t surprise anyone else either, only offend them

  3. Erik says:

    I like the book, but it reminds me of a story I used to teach talented students at Hunter college and one of them, a Russian girl, wrote a book report on this for her political science class She sought to show how pro American she was by criticizing all of Lenin s assumptions, and did a respectable job Little did she know that her Marxist professors at Hunter would be horrified by her analysis Her professor wrote in the margins to her paper Can t you see Lenin was right

  4. Kevin says:

    The Essentials The economics of Imperialism a Monopoly Capitalism stage of concentrated production reached in late 19th century, as it dominates profitability efficiency, resilience during capitalist crises , while control profit remains private Petty bourgeoisie want to return to free competition , while Tens of thousands of huge enterprises are everything millions of small ones are nothing b Finance Capitalism concentration of banks and industry, given the growing use of finance ca The Essentials The economics of Imperialism a Monopoly Capitalism stage of concentrated production reached in late 19th century, as it dominates profitability efficiency, resilience during capitalist crises , while control profit remains private Petty bourgeoisie want to return to free competition , while Tens of thousands of huge enterprises are everything millions of small ones are nothing b Finance Capitalism concentration of banks and industry, given the growing use of finance capital controlled by banks, employed by industry , resulting in the financial oligarchy.c Colonial foreign policy accumulated capital exported abroad to achieve greater profits cheaper costs instead of invested domestically Accelerated division of the world for its raw materials and markets Super profits of imperialism used to bribe the labor aristocracy in the core capitalist countries where Marx had envisioned the socialist revolutions , regressing to opportunist reformism and social chauvinism includes interesting tidbit of Engels and Marx discussing this tendency in mid 19th century Britain Obviously, out of such enormous superprofits since they are obtained over and above the profits which capitalists squeeze out of the workers of their own country it is possible to bribe the labour leaders and the upper stratum of the labour aristocracy And that is just what the capitalists of the advanced countries are doing they are bribing them in a thousand different ways, direct and indirect, overt and covert.This stratum of workers turned bourgeois, or the labour aristocracy, who are quite philistine in their mode of life, in the size of their earnings and in their entire outlook, is the principal prop of the Second International, and in our days, the principal social not military prop of the bourgeoisie For they are the real agents of the bourgeoisie in the working class movement, the labour lieutenants of the capitalist class, real vehicles of reformism and chauvinism In the civil war between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie they inevitably, and in no small numbers, take the side of the bourgeoisie, the Versaillese against the Communards.Unless the economic roots of this phenomenon are understood and its political and social significance is appreciated, not a step can be taken toward the solution of the practical problem of the communist movement and of the impending social revolution.Imperialism is the eve of the social revolution of the proletariat This has been confirmed since 1917 on a world wide scale.The Missing Not as comprehensive or as scathing as the topic demands, but as Lenin explains in his preface This pamphlet was written with an eye to the tsarist censorship Hence, I was not only forced to confine myself strictly to an exclusively theoretical, specifically economic analysis of facts, but to formulate the few necessary observations on politics with extreme caution, by hints, in an allegorical language Given Marx s early views on backward nations e.g in Communist Manifesto , I m curious how his ideas on self determination of nations evolved Muchhas been written since on the economics of colonialism i.e slave trade and plantations and the role of finance Late Victorian Holocausts El Ni o Famines and the Making of the Third World Perilous Passage Mankind and the Global Ascendancy of Capital World Systems Analysis An Introduction Debt The First 5,000 Years Now, onto US imperialism Super Imperialism New Edition The Origin and Fundamentals of U.S World DominanceMore memorable quotes Private property based on the labour of the small proprietor, free competition, democracy, all the catchwords with which the capitalists and their press deceive the workers and the peasants are things of the distant past Capitalism has grown into a world system of colonial oppression and of the financial strangulation of the overwhelming majority of the populations of the world by a handful of advanced countries And this booty is shared between two or three powerful world marauders armed to the teeth America, Great Britain, Japan , who involve the world in their war over the sharing of their booty.When a big enterprise assumes gigantic proportions, and, on the basis of an exact computation of mass data, organises according to plan the supply of primary raw materials to the extent of two thirds, or three fourths, of all that is necessary for tens of millions of people when the raw materials are transported in a systematic and organised manner to the most suitable places of production, sometimes situated hundreds or thousands of miles from each other when a single centre directs all the consecutive stages of processing the material right up to the manufacture of numerous varieties of finished articles when these products are distributed according to a single plan among tens and hundreds of millions of consumers the marketing of oil in America and Germany by the American oil trust then it becomes evident that we have socialisation of production, and not mere interlocking , that private economic and private property relations constitute a shell which no longer fits its contents, a shell which must inevitably decay if its removal is artificially delayed, a shell which may remain in a state of decay for a fairly long period if, at the worst, the cure of the opportunist abscess is protracted , but which will inevitably be removed Note emphasis added

  5. Dina says:

    Why isn t this book present in high school curriculums It clearly explains what the present system is, and how its going to end up Self destruction, wars and depletion of natural resources And for what so a few parasites can derive imaginary wealth Indeed human being claims to have bigger brain yet not that different from a yeast.

  6. Paul says:

    Inside the thicket of familiar Communist polemic are some thought provoking and still relevant insights.In the 1990s I used to read The Globe and Mail, and one of my favorite contributors was Donald Coxe, who had a column in the business section Coxe is an investment analyst and he manages one ormutual funds of his own Recently I was reading an interview with him on BullionVault.com, a British website devoted to buying and selling gold, and in the course of it he mentioned this book by L Inside the thicket of familiar Communist polemic are some thought provoking and still relevant insights.In the 1990s I used to read The Globe and Mail, and one of my favorite contributors was Donald Coxe, who had a column in the business section Coxe is an investment analyst and he manages one ormutual funds of his own Recently I was reading an interview with him on BullionVault.com, a British website devoted to buying and selling gold, and in the course of it he mentioned this book by Lenin, praising it as a brilliant analysis of how the business machinations of the European powers led to World War I Intrigued by this recommendation from a capitalist I respected, I took the plunge and bought my own copy of Lenin s Imperialism.Now I ve read it, and while I think that Mr Coxe overstated the quality of this book, I did find some valuable ideas in it.First the negatives this is a Communist tract that is mainly preaching to the converted It is filled with the typical rhetorical clutter of name calling, sarcasm, and ad hominem jabs, all of which severely impair the seeming objectivity and credibility of the author He spends much time excoriating other Marxist authors for their perversion of Marx s doctrines And it doesn t help that Lenin himself went on to become a dictator and a tyrant.Allowing for all of that, I found the book to be of definite interest For one thing, Lenin is comfortable with facts and figures, and he presents a number of short tables showing the growth of industrial and then banking monopolies and cartels in 19th century Europe and America He observes how the frenzy of colonial land grabs of the late 19th century followed hard on these developments, and he infers a causal connection The original capitalism of free trade, which had made England so rich, had evolved to a later stage of monopolistic capitalism, in which competition has given way to coercion He gives plenty of persuasive evidence of the predatory and anticompetitive behavior of the cartels in steel, railroads, oil, and electricity, to name a few The tycoons at the top divided the world into fixed territories and set the prices If competitors appeared, they were bought out or crushed.Profits are bigger if you control the cost of raw materials yourself this is achieved by capturing the territory where they re produced This is where a national element enters, for the cartels of different countries don t necessarily play nicely with each other their agreements can collapse The cartels of each country drive their country s colonial agenda Lenin shows how Earth was completely parceled into colonies in the second half of the 19th century And since World War I led to a big realignment of these, one has to wonder what role colonial competition played in that ferocious conflict.In the last century, most colonies have achieved nominal independence But war remains a big business Why exactly is it that one country one possessing vast resource wealth is invaded to seize its nonexistent weapons of mass destruction , while another country one possessing no resource wealth is left alone, despite actually possessing such weapons I m speaking of Iraq and North Korea, but other examples come to mind.War is justified to credulous voters in terms of ideology, security , or even emotional slights but its real business appears to be what it has always been the seizure of assets by force.V I Lenin saw this 100 years ago He thought that Marxism was the cure Apparently it isn t So the disease rages on.The ancient dictum still applies cui bonowho benefits Or, in the words of the Watergate source Deep Throat follow the money Lenin followed the money, but neither he nor anyone else has been able to do much about it

  7. W says:

    Hauntingly accurate in its predictions of finance capital Eerily prescient of the 2008 bank bailouts and America s overseas adventurism during the last 110 years Lenin does a fine job of highlighting the inherent flaws and contradictions of capitalism, and how monopolies and imperialism hurt us all, especially the peoples of abused territories Many references to economists and historians I am unfortunately unfamiliar with, yet many cited facts and insightful accessible data via charts and g Hauntingly accurate in its predictions of finance capital Eerily prescient of the 2008 bank bailouts and America s overseas adventurism during the last 110 years Lenin does a fine job of highlighting the inherent flaws and contradictions of capitalism, and how monopolies and imperialism hurt us all, especially the peoples of abused territories Many references to economists and historians I am unfortunately unfamiliar with, yet many cited facts and insightful accessible data via charts and graphs

  8. Yogy TheBear says:

    First I need to rant a little Dear Lenin, I am against the state I am against imperialism, militarism, colonialism, statism I am against interventionism discrimination positive and negative of economic agents by the state that breeds long standing cartels and monopolies I am for a free market, for liberty and for private property My position can be described and falls into the category of libertarianism, a position you never thought about and you may consider absurd But my position, althro First I need to rant a little Dear Lenin, I am against the state I am against imperialism, militarism, colonialism, statism I am against interventionism discrimination positive and negative of economic agents by the state that breeds long standing cartels and monopolies I am for a free market, for liberty and for private property My position can be described and falls into the category of libertarianism, a position you never thought about and you may consider absurd But my position, althrough I do not hold the pretension of absolute truth or of covering all possible nuances of human activity and morality my position is wayconsistent and moral then yours This book has big propaganda and rhetorical value but it is a abuse and total lack of economic knowledge Firstly Lenin dose not bother to make a distinction between real capitalism and crony capitalism His definition and usage of the term capital unveils his illiteracy in economics Thus he throws statistics after statistics in witch he dose not take into consideration inflation and the money supply over the years Capital for him in marxist tradition is just a monetary abstraction that just regenerates and generates new capital notingto it.His rhetoric on monopoly is a smart one But I fail to understand what is his definition of monopoly The possible phenomenon that may occur under capitalism are exaggerated and misunderstood to serve his purpose, the advance of his theory on the inevitable progress of free market capitalism to imperialism Yet he dose not consider the help the state has gave to those firms That is crony And if monopoly is bad for him Dose he realize that a socialist super state monopoly is the worst possible Yes monopoly and cartels form under capitalism But they also dissolve under true capitalism The concentration of capital also leads to the flooding with consumer goods for the population, witch Lenin skilfully ignores Yes as competition diminishes the flooding of the masses with consumer goods isreduced but even a monopoly in shoes wants to sell shoes to all people and wants all people to be able to buy shoes The argument of the hiding and stockpiling of consumer goods for speculation is again silly Yes the phenomenon of speculation is real but a firm can not speculate by stockpiling in the event of a future major shortage and in the same time produce at the same level and pay wages It is an impossibility and another example of the exaggerations marxist employ to demonize capitalism Speculation on the scale, for the scope and in such a class conspiracy manner as marxist dreams never happens.His chapter on the banks is pure stupidity You can not speak of bancking without mentioning fractional reserve banking His figures of the asset of banks is irrelevant when you clearly do not know about monetary expansion by private and central banks The chapters on imperialism, statism and militarism may be worth but it is poisoned with his attempt to put those ill tendencies of states as attributes of capitalism Everything wrong is because capitalism What a stupid and dangerous simplification of evil What about the evil within you Lenin

  9. Manlio MascareƱo says:

    Incredible work about how capitalism made its own contradictions due to free market giving as consequence a new stage of economy Imperialism Lenin given us a study about how capitalism turned into a imperialism through a researches that he made of bourgeois data using a critical approaching in marxism This book was made when World War I began and socialism yet was seeing such as new alternative of see the life Despite of data which Lenin used and the time the book was written this work conta Incredible work about how capitalism made its own contradictions due to free market giving as consequence a new stage of economy Imperialism Lenin given us a study about how capitalism turned into a imperialism through a researches that he made of bourgeois data using a critical approaching in marxism This book was made when World War I began and socialism yet was seeing such as new alternative of see the life Despite of data which Lenin used and the time the book was written this work contains current elements to understand the fall of capitalism in our times and how capitalism fell in parasitism what is manifested in wars of First World against Third World for its resources and economical routing Necessary in the study of marxism and economy

  10. Vladimir Vasilyev says:

    really touch me

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