Strategic Aspects of Asia in the Global System
Capitalism, born in Europe, utilized the continent of its birth as a launching pad to colonize the rest of the world. World economics in the shape of the global market paved the way for world politics. Expansionist capital created the conditions for wars and revolutions on an unprecedented scale. It was the results of these truly international events that shaped the map of the modern world. The First World War marked a turning point in capitalism’s history, as the system proved that it was no longer capable of solving the problems of its own international coordination in a peaceful way. The aggression inherent in capitalism, which had so far been witnessed largely in the domestic sphere or in the colonies, now exploded in an inter-imperialist conflict that cost millions of lives, bringing the belle époque to a deadly conclusion. The violence inflicted on Africa and Asia by the European imperialist powers in the two preceding centuries now returned to its lair. The price paid for this by Capital was heavy. World War One accelerated the conditions that brought about the Russian Revolution of 1917, forcing Capital on to the defensive and offering a hope to embattled millions throughout the world.
’My institution subscribes to NLR, why can't I access this article?’
By the same author:
Between Past and Future
Responding to Asef Bayat, Tariq Ali argues that any adequate analysis of the outcomes of the Arab Spring must reckon with Washington’s tight defence of its interests in the region. The dynamics of the revolts located in a long history of Western intervention.
Tariq Ali on Manning Marable, Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention. The political formation of one of America’s most gifted black orators.
On Mao’s Contradictions
Tariq Ali on Rebecca E Karl, Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World. Level-headed exploration of the Great Helmsman’s life and legacies.
President of Cant
From declamations in Cairo to silence over Gaza, occupation of Iraq and escalation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Tariq Ali asks what has changed in us foreign policy since the departure of Bush.
Death of a Comrade
Tariq Ali pays tribute to Peter Gowan, long-standing friend and mainstay of NLR’s editorial board, and his unique combination of analytical acuity, appetite for debate and generosity of spirit.
Afghanistan: Mirage of the Good War
Reasons for the West’s stalemate in Afghanistan sought neither in lack of troops and imperial treasure, nor in Pakistani obstruction, but in the very nature of the occupation regime. Tariq Ali on the actual results of ‘state-building’ in the Hindu Kush, as a broken country is subjected to the combined predations of NGOs and NATO.
The Life and Times of Simón B
Tariq Ali on John Lynch, Simón Bolívar: a Life. The Liberator as pragmatist, and his legacy from the colonial Andes to the Caracas of today—a prophylactic portrait for the times?
Mid-Point in the Middle East?
As fears are voiced within the US establishment of impending debacle in Iraq, a survey of the embattled landscape from Baghdad, Ramallah and Tehran to Beirut and Damascus. American control is slipping, Ali argues—but it is too soon to count on imperial defeat.
Remembering Edward Said
The physical and moral courage of a unique writer, and fighter—leading Arab intellectual, unconforming cultural theorist, champion of the Palestinian cause in the heartland of Israeli overseas power.
The American expedition to Baghdad, and world-wide reactions to the new imperium. From mass demonstrations against the war to the diplomatic hypocrisies colluding with it. The UN as framework of blockade and intervention yesterday, and mask of reconstruction tomorrow.