Didn't old Chuck, talking about India, describe capitalism/imperialism/colonialism -- I forget which word he used -- as a hideous idol that drinks blood from the skulls of the slain? Guy had a way with words.
--- On Mon, 3/9/09, Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com> wrote:
> From: Doug Henwood <dhenwood at panix.com>
> Subject: Re: [lbo-talk] it's over - now the destruction really begins
> To: lbo-talk at lbo-talk.org
> Date: Monday, March 9, 2009, 11:19 AM
> On Mar 9, 2009, at 8:39 AM, Patrick Bond wrote:
> > Second, you really should come around for a visit to
> Southern Africa, comrade, because in that last clause
> you're simply discounting the devalorization of
> 'human capital' (on the scale of what hit the East
> Bloc a century later). If this region teaches political
> economists anything, it's that Northern capital can fly
> in - thanks to overaccumulation abroad - and in search of
> 'stimulating growth', set up a system (e.g.
> Rhodesian or SA migrant-labour apartheid) that devalorizes
> life forever after (just think of AIDS and migrancy as one
> I really don't know what gives you the idea that I
> don't appreciate this. I've been saying for years
> that this is just standard operating procedure for
> capitalism, not some sign of crisis. It's been this way
> for centuries.