Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Globalization's Dark Side Increasingly Exposed; What is to be Done?

Echoes of a Century-Old Ideological Conflict and World War ...
The Lenin (above l.) -Kautsky (r.) conflict seems frighteningly relevant.

Turns out, the much maligned and ridiculed 1999 WTO protesters were right about globalization's dark side. 

More worrisome, Vladimir Lenin's analysis of the relationship between globalized financial capitalism and imperialism suddenly seems frighteningly relevant. Lenin's Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism was a response to rival Marxist theoretician Karl Kautsky, who theorized that capitalist countries would collaborate to create a peaceful (but unjust) world order. Kautsky's ultra-imperialism never materialized; instead, as if to prove Lenin right, the capitalist countries fought a First World War that ended in ways that made a second world war likely, if not inevitable.

Nearly a century has passed since the outbreak of the first global slaughter, which started in late July of 1914. Is history repeating?