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Is Capitalist Globalization Inevitable in the Marxian Paradigm?

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  04 March 2014

Miguel D. Ramírez
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Trinity College, Hartford, CT. The author wishes to express his thanks to the editors of this journal and to two anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions for improvement.

Abstract

This paper examines Marx’s views on capitalist globalization and its supposed inevitability, and contends that they underwent a substantial evolution and revision after the publication of the Communist Manifesto. In the case of China, a prime example of the Asiatic mode of production, Marx even doubted whether globalization (capitalism) would ever be able to accomplish its historical mission of developing the forces of production and creating the material conditions for a higher mode of production, viz., communism. In the Russian case, he seriously entertained the notion that it could bypass the hardships and vicissitudes of capitalism and forge its own unique path to socialism. If accepted, this interpretation represents a serious challenge to the universality and validity of Marx’s materialist conception of history.

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