Important New Document from the RCP!

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Important New Document from the RCP!


Our Analysis of the 1980s,
Issues of Methodology, and The Current World Situation

Revolutionary Worker #1037, January 9, 2000

A valuable and provocative reference on the state of the world and the prospects for revolutionary change.

A crucial conversation for the new millennium.

The year 2000 is upon us. What will be the future of humanity?

Do we have to live under the dictates of imperialist globalization? Why is there a deep and widening gap between the world's haves and have-nots. Will technology enslave or emancipate?

"Notes on Political Economy" is a Marxist-Leninist-Maoist analysis of the world situation and current trends in the world imperialist system.

"Notes on Political Economy" surveys the important changes in international relations since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It examines the strengths and weaknesses of the RCP's analysis of the international situation in the 1980s.

"Notes on Political Economy" examines key trends and faultlines in the world economy today. It answers questions like: Is globalization leading to the decline of the national state?

One billion people are starving or undernourished in the Third World.

The three richest officers of Microsoft have more assets than the combined gross national product of the 43 least developed countries and their 600 million people.

$1.5 trillion are traded every day in the global foreign exchange markets.

1.5 million lives are lost in Asia each year to industrial air pollution.

Employment in the maquiladora factories on the U.S.-Mexico border doubled in the 1990s.

The U.S. economy is booming--with the highest incarceration rate in the industrial world.

"Notes on Political Economy" explores:

  • The reemergence of the U.S. as sole imperialist superpower.
  • The evolution of a global cheap-labor economy--alongside and in connection with high technology.
  • The dismantling of the welfare state and the rise of the "American model of capitalism."
  • Technology, the labor process, and job creation.
  • The impact of agribusiness on peasants in the oppressed nations.
  • A world imperialist economy that is resulting in tremendous dislocation and suffering in the world-- especially in the Third World.
  • The present world situation as a "period of transition with potential for great upheaval" and revolutionary possibilities.
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