No. 78 | (Summer 2008)

This issue of Eszmélet addresses the consequences of the global power of the capital, the crisis in the operation and control of the world system, the special features of regional developments, the causes of hierarchy and how to change it. China and Africa gained a new position in the world system but this shift has not reduced inequalities, on the contrary, it expanded them both at regional and national levels. Contradictions created by neoliberal "technologies" to govern the global order are also shown in the tension between developments into an empire and the "death" of national states. Articles dealing with this issue also show possible resistance, and self-defence against it. The existence of the national state on the (semi)-periphery becomes more and more "virtual" that invoked the forms of resistance resembling to ones in the middle age: the religious and national "renaissance" fits into this trend. The neoliberal economic project, as a historically determined form of class power, is organised on a global level. Our articles also examine the historic, economic and market relations of this organised power and compare the development of the East with the West. Further studies deal with the traditions in the labour movement like the reception of the now 160 year old Communist Manifesto in Italy and unknown aspects of the history of the Ukrainian revolutionary tradition.

Table of contents
  1. Don Kalb : From flows to violence: Politics and knowledge in the debates on globalisation and empire
  2. Giovanni Arrighi : Historical Perspectives on States, Markets and Capitalism, East and West
  3. Giovanni Arrighi : The African crisis – World Systemic and Regional Aspects
  4. Samir Amin : Fall of the Europe Project?
  5. Rémy Herrera, Luciano Vasapollo : Mass movement and class organisation in present Latin America
  6. Andor László : Bright-side economics
  7. ATTAC Európa : ATTAC’s statement on the financial crisis and democratic alternatives
  8. Vincze Ibolya : East Europe, Russia, China – Experience of transition countries from a comparative view
  9. Tütő László : Unpopular “popular history” – or how to protect our state
  10. Rob Lyon : China, Tibet and the world economy
  11. Marcello Musto : Dissemination and Reception of the Manifesto in Italy – From the origins to 1945
  12. Christopher Ford : Clash of social emancipation and national liberation – on the views of Mikola Pors