People seem very very confused about imperialism. A great many people seem to think imperialism should be challenged not only
or, in some cases, not at all
, because of its inextricable link to capitalism, colonialism, unequal development, and superprofits that leach off of the periphery, but rather, instead, because it "forces the decadent, atheistic, materialist perversions"
onto the imperial periphery. On the contrary, Atheism and materialism are foundational to anti-revisionist Marxism-Leninism, and anti-imperialism, and anti-colonialism, and always have been, despite various strains of revisionism that allow idealism to flourish unchallenged in the labor movement. Usually this revisionism takes the form of allowing allies to remain ignorant for fear of scaring them away if their particular delusions are corrected, but sometimes it can also take the form of labor movements based entirely in idealist and religious philosophy, with materialism firmly rejected from the outset, while adopting the surface aesthetics
of Communism (usually symbols, portraits, colors, the occasional quote drop here and there but not much beyond that).But let me get to my key point. The real reason I made this post:
In addition to the aforementioned inextricable link to capitalism, colonialism, unequal development, and superprofits, Imperialism should also be challenged because it forces the conclusions
of development onto the periphery without the accompanying journey that led to the conclusion.
Why do people like Dugin, with his fourth political theory, get so much clout? Why are people cheering on Hamas despite them once upon a time being supported by Israel against the more secular PLO? Why are forms of idealist and reactionary "anti-imperialism"
flourishing 30 years after the collapse of the USSR? Because the west has indeed tried to force bourgeois materialism on the periphery: That is, the incomplete materialism, i.e. the pre-Marxist materialism of Hobbes, Locke, and Diderot.
The imperial core got to go through its own bourgeois materialist phase on its own
without having it forced upon them by an alien power. And so they never felt compelled to reject materialism out of a sense of self preservation, patriotic duty, and so on. These ideas got to develop locally.
The journeyPost too long. Click here to view the full text.