Ellen Meiksins-Wood

“Imperialism today is taking place in the context of…the ‘universalization’ of capitalism. It is not now primarily a matter of territorial conquest or direct military or colonial control. It is not now a matter of capitalist powers invading non-capitalist powers in order to bleed them dry directly and by brute force. Now it is more a matter of ensuring that the forces of the capitalist market prevail in every corner of the world (even if this means marginalizing and impoverishing parts of it), and of manipulating those market forces to the advantage of the most powerful capitalist economies and the United States in particular.” … “Military force is still central to the imperialist project, in some ways more than ever.”

— Political scientist Ellen Meiksins-Wood, Z magazine Nov 1999, p26

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