chapter  2
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Imperialist Rent and the Challenges for the Radical Left

WithSamir Amin

Globalized capitalism-only yesterday having declared the ‘end of history’—did not survive more

than two decades before imploding. But what ‘other world’ is being called forth to succeed it?Will

capitalism enter a new phase in its deployment, less unbalanced globally and more centered in Asia

and South America? Or will we see a truly polycentric world in which various popular democratic

alternatives that arise are confronted by violent measures of capitalist restoration? The way to shed

light on the nature of the ongoing systemic crisis is to return to a readingof the historical trajectory of

capitalism. Such a debate opens the way for the radical left, if it can be bold, to be major catalyzing

forces for change, capable of advancing the emancipation of workers and peoples.