The Wealth of (Some) Nations: Imperialism and the Mechanics of Value Transfer (Hardback)Zak Cope (author)
Hardback 272 Pages
In this provocative new study, Zak Cope makes the case that capitalism is empirically inseparable from imperialism, historically and today. Using a rigourous political economic framework, he lays bare the vast ongoing transfer of wealth from the poorest to the richest countries through the mechanisms of monopoly rent, unequal exchange and colonial tribute. The result is a polarised international class structure with a relatively rich Global North and an impoverished, exploited Global South. Cope makes the controversial claim that it is because of these conditions that workers in rich countries benefit from higher incomes and welfare systems with public health, education, pensions and social security. As a result, the internationalism of populations in the Global North is weakened and transnational solidarity is compromised. The only way forward, Cope argues, is through a renewed anti-imperialist politics rooted in a firm commitment to a radical labour internationalism.
Publisher: Pluto Press
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 230 x 150 mm
'This is simply the most significant book published on the political economy of imperialism in the 21st Century, written by the foremost scholar of global imperialism today. Cope lays bare the fundamental structural contradiction in contemporary global capitalism: the pervasive class divisions which divide the Global North from South and are indelibly imprinted in the historical legacy of Western imperialism' -- Immanuel Ness, author of 'Southern Insurgency: The Coming of the Global Working Class' 'Global inequality isn't natural; it's created. Zak Cope explains how the rules of the international economy have been designed to benefit a few powerful nations in the Global North at the expense of most of the rest of the world. This is a brilliant intervention from one of the best scholars in the field' -- Jason Hickel, Goldsmiths, University of London 'Highly important and timely. This book should be required reading for anyone interested in understanding the nature of current global capitalism, rather than remaining hoodwinked by the mythology of equality and liberty' -- Amiya Bagchi, Monash University
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