This work calls into question the assertion that global capitalism functions as an autonomous empire ruled only by the market and multinational corporations. In contrast, it is argued, the role of the imperial state is central in regard to the form taken by capitalist development. Within the context of a broad discussion that takes us from Latin America to Russia and China, to Iraq and around the world, this work analyzes the economic base of imperial power and actions of the state in the maintenance and spread of empire. It also demonstrates the limits and costs of empire to the citizens of the United States.
Far from the triumphant declarations of George W. Bush and his cronies, the Iraqi resistance has put the lie to the racist image of Arab haters in the Pentagon and their colleagues in Israel. The Arabs are neither cowed by US military power nor incapable of organizing resistance; it is US soldiers in the hundreds who are resigning from the military, it is the US government that is desperately begging for mercenaries from Central America to replace the demoralized US forces. Yet, the state must prevail in order for the empire to flourish. Buy this Book online