Imperialist Warfare

Imperialist Warfare

Capitalistic imperialism exists when the contradictions created by capitalist production play upon the world instead of a nation. Finance capital and monopoly, extending beyond national boundaries, "introduce everywhere the striving for domination, not for freedom. . . . Particularly acute also be­comes national oppression and the striving for annexation, i.e., the viola­tion of national independence." Imperialistic colonization discloses the true nature of the capitalist system. "The profound hypocrisy and inherent barbarism of bourgeois civilization lies unveiled before our eyes, turning from its home, where it assumes respectable forms, to the colonies, where it goes naked."

Alliances in a stage of capitalistic imperialism, "whether of one im­perialist coalition against another or of a general alliance of all the impe­rialist powers, inevitably can be only 'breathing spells' between wars. Peace­ful alliances prepare the ground for wars and in their turn grow out of wars."03 These international antagonisms are destructive. Eventually, ac­cording to Marxian theory, imperialist war or wars will generate sufficient destructive force to rend the capitalist system of production, which is, at once, the environment within which capitalistic imperialism exists and its creator.

We have examined the contradictions or antagonisms that under Marx­ian theory are rooted in the valuation processes of a capitalist economy, are nurtured by it, and ultimately will destroy it. The fate of capitalism is thus inevitable, since it is sealed by the very processes that the system itself inherently generates. Marxian theory includes an analysis of the in­stitutions and processes that may succeed capitalist production. To these we now turn our attention.