Marx & Engels: On Colonies, Industrial Monopoly, and the Working Class Movement

Karl Marx (Author); Friedrich Engels (Author); Zak Cope (Introduction)


Publisher: Kersplebedeb
Format: Book
Binding: pb
Pages: 160
Released: April 28, 2016
ISBN-13: 9781894946797

Originally compiled and edited by the Communist Working Circle (CWC), in 1972, this is a republished collection of excerpts from the corpus of Marx and Engels. These show the evolution of Marx and Engels's ideas on the nascent labor aristocracy and the complicating factors of colonialism and chauvinism, with a focus on the British Empire of their time.

This edition of "On Colonies" includes a substantial introduction by Marxist economist Zak Cope and former CWC member Torkil Lauesen, centering these concepts in theory and history. Cope and Lauesen show how Marx and Engels's initial belief that capitalism would extend seamlessly around the globe in the same form was proven wrong by events, as instead worldwide imperialism spread capitalism as a polarizing process, not only between the bourgeoisie and the working class, but also as a division between an imperialist center and an exploited periphery. This fundamental contradiction gave capitalism completely new conditions of growth and accounts for its tragic longevity. Both foundational and indispensable, "On Colonies" provides a useful introduction to "Third Worldist" analysis of global capitalism, tracing its roots back to Marxism's earliest works.

Zak Cope is the author of Divided World Divided Class: Global Political Economy and the Stratification of Labour Under Capitalism and co-editor of the Palgrave Encyclopedia of Imperialism and Anti-Imperialism with Prof. Immanuel Ness.

Torkil Lauesen has since the late sixties been an anti-imperialist activist and writer. He is a former member of the Communist Working Circle in Denmark, and later the Manifest-Communist Workgroup (M-KA). In 1989 he was arrested and subsequently sentenced to 10 years in prison, for his part in a series of robberies in which several million dollars were expropriated and diverted to Third World anti-imperialist struggles.
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