The Veins of the South Are Still Open

Debates Around the Imperialism of Our Time

Edited by Emiliano López

Contributed by Prabhat Patnaik, Emiliano López, John Smith, E. Ahmet Tonak, Atilio A. Borón, Gabriel E. Merino

Foreword by Emiliano López


LeftWord Books, 2020

Language: English

178 pages

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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 political economist who teaches at the Economics Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the author and editor of several books including Measuring the Wealth of Nations: The Political Economy of National Accounts (with Anwar Shaikh), Turkey in Transition: New Perspectives (edited with Irvin Schick) and Marxism and Classes (edited with Sungur Savran and Kurtar Tanyılmaz). He is also a member of Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research.

Emiliano López

Emiliano López is an economist and Assistant Professor at the University of La Plata. He also works as a researcher for National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina) and Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, Buenos Aires Office.

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.

The Veins of the South Are Still Open