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Debates on Imperialism: Dependency Theory
April 6, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm UTC-4
RESCHEDULED!!! (Due to weather). New date Friday, April 6.
This will be a discussion, based around an article that ran in issue #107 of the International Socialist Review (Winter/Spring 2018), titled “Unequal Exchange: Dependency Theory and the Exploitation of Nations,” by Barry Finger (https://isreview.org/issue/107/unequal-exchange)
The article is a review of two recent books coming from the tradition of Third-Worldist Marxism or Dependency Theory. Crudely put, this school of thought has argued that the primary contradiction in the world capitalist system is not between worker and capitalist, but rather between the advanced capitalist world (so-called “first world”) and the underdeveloped nations (so-called “third world”).
This theory of imperialism largely dismisses the possibility of workers in advanced capitalist countries leading a international struggle for socialism, and rather looks not to workers as a class, but to underdeveloped nations, as the primary locus of the anti-capitalist revolution.
The two books in question make serious arguments in defense of Dependency Theory, and the review represents an attempt to grapple with these arguments.
Barry Finger, the author of the review, a long-time socialist and trade unionist, who is on the editorial board of New Politics. He has agreed to join us in our discussion of his book review.