Michael Hudson: Why the US has a unique place in the history of imperialism

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      Passionate Progressive
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      Since Contact, Western Imperialism has been based upon/enforced by sea-power which secures/secured transfer of wealth from the global south to the global north by protecting the sea lines of communication. Commodities transferred were labor (slavery) as well the food (commodities)…Sugar seemed to be a feature and was used with tea as a stimulant (in lieu of beer/food) to sustain British industrial workers….Later palm oil, a major component of the fast food industry -as much as its economic destruction was also responsible for deforestation -…Sugar, palm oil, coffee – support global north lifestyles while negatively impacting the global south in countless ways. If colonial subjects grew their own commodities for local consumption rather than export, they would have enough to feed themselves.

      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      At one point he mentions the important role of taxation in curbing the privatization process.   Property is the relationship of people to a thing (res).   Taxation represents the public or common interest in all things and any particular thing.   When people are allowed to accumulate unlimited wealth, it is implicitly by definition a rejection of the common good and represents virtually complete subordination of government to finance capital.

      One thing that some  people don’t understand about Eurasia, at least in the histories I’ve looked at Russia, China, Vietnam and Korea, is that there is an indigenous community impulse that led to land reform movements and uprisings against the aristocracy and the established order (Korean historians describe this as min ran 민란 民亂 ).  This social reality predates communism.  In French history it was called “jacquerie.” Later land reform movements which provided a major vector for popular uprisings against landlords were identified as “communist” in principle by the west whether they were or not.  Grass roots local government self rule organizations in the early post WWII American occupation in South Korea were eliminated under the supervision of the US occupation government.  Historically, communist movements, in essence, adopted the native community impulse for land reform in an effort, to succeed  politically and militarily against imperial governments.   The Japanese “three furies” policy of destroy all, burn all, kill all, directed against Chinese or North Korean villages whose peasants supported communist independence movements, had an analog in the strategic hamlet program in Vietnam.    During the Korean conflict the US destroyed virtually everything in North Korea for the same reason.   In Vietnam we had to “destroy the village in order to save it.”


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        Charles Mann has a similar thesis to your comments above presented in his history 1493, From Columbus Voyage to Globalization.

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        The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

        It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      djean111
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      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" GRRM

      A YouTube comment – we need new conspiracy theories – the old ones have all come true.

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