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By Samir Amin

Samir Amin rejects the suggestion that the present kind of neoliberal capitalism is an inevitable destiny for humanity. He analyzes developments in the US, Europe and Japan, the emerging powers of China and India, the most probably destiny trajectory of post-Soviet Russia, and the constructing international. He explores even if different hegemonic blocs may possibly emerge to circumscribe American strength, and strength loose marketplace capitalism to regulate to calls for except its slim crucial financial good judgment. He identifies the major worldwide campaigns that he feels progressives should still release, and warns that there's no replacement to profitable political power.

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Here I propose to focus on the challenges which post-Soviet Russia has faced since that time. However great the transformations that have taken place in Russia over the course of the last fifteen years may appear, they are not ‘revolutionary’ (or ‘counter-revolutionary’); they are the result of the acceleration of underlying trends that were already in existence within the Soviet system in the s and have been gathering force since then. e. capitalism with capitalists), which is indeed the plan of the new ruling class (which sprang from the preceding class, no less) even though, as we shall see, the reality of the system that it has put in place falls far short of this plan.

The form of this opposition has changed between one stage and another of the expansion of a world capitalism, which, though always imperialist (in the sense of polarizing), has continually  Beyond US Hegemony? grown deeper. At this level, the future is no different from the past and the present, as polarization is intrinsic to capitalism. We have already looked at the forms of core–periphery opposition based on a combination of new core monopolies (technology, access to natural resources, communications and information, control of the world finance system, weapons of mass destruction), which have been replacing the ordinary industrial monopoly of earlier times.

In any event, such a socialism cannot be described in advance in terms of precise forms of organization and appropriate institutions; all that can be specified are certain principles to guide the people’s creative imagination and the full exercise of powers that come with an ever deeper but never complete democratization. The kind of creative utopia inspired by Marx or the liberation theologians – and we should accept that to be a Marxist means not stopping but starting with Marx – offers much more food for thought than a mediocre, so-called ‘realist’ sociology.

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