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The New Imperialism: SIX THESES

The New Imperialism: SIX THESES Page 1 The New Imperialism SIX THESES Until recently, the characteristic theoretical image of imperialism consisted of a political form of tutelage over a range of economic interests on the global scene, a tutelage that did not shy away from using its military muscle to further such interests. That image flowed nicely out of Marxist theory and the emergent logic of capitalism in Marx’s time, when it seemed abundantly clear that the entire logic of history could be anchored on the harmonious synchronization of the wheels of economy and politics, and that the ideas of the ruling classes were the ruling ideas, in the same way that their interests were the ruling interests. That thesis presumed that throughout history (and not just in modernity), the connection between governance and the welfare of specific groups or classes defined the essence of governance. However, it can be countered that this symbiosis between governance and specific economic interests is contingent, and that contingency reveals itself the more the system experiences the onset of some of the following three conditions: (1) fiscal bankruptcy of the state and thus increasing unaffordability of expensive tasks (this is especially the case when the demands on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Social Text Duke University Press

The New Imperialism: SIX THESES

Social Text , Volume 18 (1 62) – Mar 1, 2000

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2000 by Duke University Press
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0164-2472
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1527-1951
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10.1215/01642472-18-1_62-1
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Page 1 The New Imperialism SIX THESES Until recently, the characteristic theoretical image of imperialism consisted of a political form of tutelage over a range of economic interests on the global scene, a tutelage that did not shy away from using its military muscle to further such interests. That image flowed nicely out of Marxist theory and the emergent logic of capitalism in Marx’s time, when it seemed abundantly clear that the entire logic of history could be anchored on the harmonious synchronization of the wheels of economy and politics, and that the ideas of the ruling classes were the ruling ideas, in the same way that their interests were the ruling interests. That thesis presumed that throughout history (and not just in modernity), the connection between governance and the welfare of specific groups or classes defined the essence of governance. However, it can be countered that this symbiosis between governance and specific economic interests is contingent, and that contingency reveals itself the more the system experiences the onset of some of the following three conditions: (1) fiscal bankruptcy of the state and thus increasing unaffordability of expensive tasks (this is especially the case when the demands on

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Social TextDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 2000

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