The Cold War and Imperialism

By Roberts, Joe | Monthly Review, December 1989 | Go to article overview

The Cold War and Imperialism


Roberts, Joe, Monthly Review


There is a general feeling of hope among most people in the Western world that the confrontation between the United States and the USSR which has dominated world development since the Second World War is abating and that a new era less prone to the anxiety of war is emerging.

Further, most socialists applaud the steps being taken within the socialist states to extend or introduce more meaningful democracy even while watching the economic reforms with a mixture of respect and apprehension.

Yet these developments of a generally positive sort are counterposed with developments which are more threatening. For the Third World or periphery nothing has changed for the better politically and economically. During the entire period since the Second World War peoples of the periphery have been engaged in a titanic struggle against imperialism and for national autonomy and development. Although the rhetoric of imperialism has always proclaimed that the enemy of the periphery is Communism which ultimately emanates from Moscow, this has from the start been recognized as a smokescreen by the Third World masses and even many leaders. To the degree that the USSR discontinues its ideological and military support for struggles of liberation the new directions may actually constrain the liberation process.

Certainly the United States will have to modify its anti-Soviet rationale for counterrevolutionary activity in the periphery, but there is no reason to believe it will cease or diminish its crusade to control the markets and politics of the periphery. Indeed, whether we examine the worsening terms of commodity and capital trade, the price to the periphery of debt, the institutional and policy changes imposed by the World Bank and the IMF, the retreat of private lenders, or the instigation of regional conflict and surrogate warfare inspired by the United States, there has been no ray of hope for the periphery in the easing of superpower tensions.

In fact there is reason to fear that the increase of bloc rivalries between the European Community, the United States/Canada, and Japan--the classical imperialist rivalries leading to redivision of world markets and ultimately to war--poses more long-term danger.

While the United States dominated the world of capitalist relations, it could exercise some discipline over competition and rivalry through international development, trade, and political agencies. As that hegemony has eroded since the early 1970's there are no monetary and trade bodies capable of enforcing order; the mediating function of IMF and GATT are similarly deteriorating. The relations between the center and the periphery can become even more anarchic than at present with each nation or bloc seeking to maximize its domination and exploitation of preferred sectors of the periphery.

Thus, while it may be that the United States is forced to withdraw its involvement in certain parts of the periphery, its continuing dependence on resources and consumer markets, cheap labor, and investment openings will require a continued presence in its historic hinterlands.

And the present methods for enforcing compliance and order in those regions have become more sophisticated during the time since the U. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

The Cold War and Imperialism
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.