The Veins of the South Are Still Open


LeftWord Books, New Delhi, 2020

Language: English

178 pages

5.5 x 8.5 inches

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Inequality is not an abstraction or a mere theoretical speculation; it makes itself tangible in the bodies of the oppressed from the South.

Imperialism is the most appropriate category to understand this global inequality. It is urgent to give substance, according to our current times and struggles, to this powerful concept in explicative and historical terms associated with the struggles of peoples for their liberation. Imperialism is both a concept and a native category of emancipation projects from the South.

Understanding how imperialism acts today, through which mechanism it acts, defining the depth of its crisis and the possibilities of alternative hegemonies, allows us to re-edit our commitment to the liberation of our people in the Global South. It helps us realize that, to the greatest extent possible, we should close the wound that implies the spoliation of our bodies, our culture, our common goods and our jobs.

The essays in this book argue against neoliberal globalization, against the ‘there’s no choice’ argument. They call into question the role that imperialist countries give to our Southern economies as the ones that guarantee cheap food; the new (old) forms of labour exploitation; the characteristics of competence between large-scale capitals; a new military strategy of the United States in the context of the crisis of its hegemonic project; and the nodal points to interpret the hegemonic succession we are living in as an opportunity and as a risk at the same time.

Atilio A. Borón

Atilio A. Borón is a political scientist and sociologist. He has been a professor at the Social Sciences Faculty of the University of Buenos Aires since 1986. He is a senior researcher at CONICET. He is the author of many books including State, Capitalism, and Democracy in Latin America (1991), Empire and Imperialism: A Critical Reading of Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri (2002), Twenty-first Century Socialism: Is There Life After Neoliberalism? (2008), and most recently, América Latina en la Geopolítica del Imperialismo (2012).

E. Ahmet Tonak

E. Ahmet Tonak is a Research Affiliate at Smith College and teaches at the University of Massachusetts (Amherst). From 2018 to 2024, he was an economist at Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. His most recent book (written with Sungur Savran) is In the Tracks of Marx’s Capital: Debates in Marxian Political Economy and Lessons for 21st Century Capitalism.

Emiliano López

Emiliano López is the coordinator of the Buenos Aires office of the Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. He is a CONICET researcher at IdiHCS and a professor of Economics at the Faculty of Humanities and Education Sciences at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.

Gabriel E. Merino

Gabriel E. Merino is a sociologist who specializes in the social analysis of politics and economy in contemporary Argentina. He is a professor at the National University of La Plata and a researcher at CONICET.

John Smith

John Smith is an independent researcher and writer based in Sheffield, United Kingdom. He did his PhD from the University of Sheffield. He is the author of Imperialism in the Twenty-First Century: Globalization, Super-Exploitation, and Capitalism’s Final Crisis (2016), which received the first Paul A. Baran–Paul M. Sweezy Memorial Award by the Monthly Review Foundation for an original monograph on the political economy of imperialism.

Prabhat Patnaik

Prabhat Patnaik retired as Professor of Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the author of Time, Inflation and Growth (1988), Economics and Egalitarianism (1991), Whatever Happened to Imperialism and other essays (1995), Accumulation and Stability under Capitalism (1997), The Retreat to Unfreedom (2003), The Value of Money (2008) and Re-Envisioning Socialism (2011). He is the Editor of the journal Social Scientist.