File spoon-archives/marxism-international.archive/marxism-international_1997/marxism-international.9710, message 351

Date: Thu, 16 Oct 1997 11:01:12 -0500
Subject: Re: M-I: Marx and Lenin

Rakesh Bhandari wrote:

>It's funny less than six months ago Doug and Louis P were enthusing about
>the resilience of capitalism and in particular how the Asian boom far
>exceeded anything in capitalist history

Even if the Asian boom stopped yesterday, it will still rank as the most
extraordinary episode of expansion in the entire history of catpialism. Are
you predicting that this is it for the region? That they're now going to go
down the tubes? Funny, less than six years ago people were saying that
about the US.

There's a big difference between a crisis and a terminal illness.
Capitalism is a system historically plagued by crises, but one that also
thrives on crisis. If there is ever to be a revolutionary anti-capitalist
politics it must be based on a critique of "healthy" capitalism, capitalism
in full bloom, when it is exploiting workers, debasing culture, and
poisoning nature. The beast has proved just too resilient to put much faith
in its own self-destructiveness.


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