Capital, historically speaking, has not hesitated to impose costly transformations, often culminating in what Rosa Luxembourg termed “corrective wars.” The need for warfare is not limited to the need for Keynesian demand management, but goes deeper than that. In order to ensure that the misery of the masses of the exploited and the oppressed will not be turned against a systemic movement, capital diverts attention to violence based on ethnicity, religion, color, and nationality.
The ongoing local wars in Syria, the Iraq invasion (part of the so-called “war on terror”), the ethnic violence in sub-Saharan Africa, … the list could be continued. What is cut and dry is that capitalism has now entered a conjuncture where it cannot govern the global economy without resorting to wars.
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