This book concerns the form taken today by US imperialism in Latin America, with reference to the projection of US state power as a means of both advancing the economic interests of the US capitalist class in the region and maintaining its hegemony over the world capitalist system.
In Part I the book delves into the complex relationship that exists between imperialism and capitalism as the system that dominates the world economy. Part II elaborates on the economic and political dynamics of imperial power in Latin America and the forces of resistance that these dynamics have generated. Part III focuses on the relationship between the United States and Venezuela, which has assumed the leadership in the anti-imperialist struggle.
James Petras is Professor Emeritus in Sociology at Binghamton University. He is author of more than 60 books on the global and regional dynamics of US imperialism and capitalism, and the class struggle associated with these dynamics.
Henry Veltmeyer is Research Professor in Development Studies at the Universidad Autónoma de Zacatecas in Mexico. He has authored and edited more than 40 books on political economy, social movements, development theory and dynamics of social change in Latin America.
"This is a very important book. Without economic reductionism Petras and Veltmeyer expose the astonishing level of greed, exploitation and inequality, associated with the world capitalist system. They also provide a sharp and much-needed class analysis of the contradictions of both capitalism and imperialism, and the propensity towards crisis that has assumed global proportions and undermined the foundations of the system as well as generating powerful forces of resistance and class warfare."
John Saxe-Fernandez, author of
Economic Imperialism in Mexico: The Operations of the World Bank in our Country
PART I. RETHINKING IMPERIALISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
1. Capitalism and Imperialism: notes on an intimate relation
2. Imperialism in an era of extractive capitalism
3. Extractive Imperialism and the post-neoliberal state
4. Imperialist dynamics of agroextractivism
PART II. POLICY AND RESISTANCE DYNAMICS OF US IMPERIALISM
5. US Imperialism in Latin America: Then and now
6. US global power in the 21st Century: military or economic imperialism?
7. Fifty years of imperial wars: results and perspectives
8. Networks of empire and realignments of world power
9. Paradoxes of anti-imperialism and class struggle
PART III. THE VENEZUELAN PIVOT OF US IMPERIALISM
10. The US and Venezuela: decades of defeats and destabilization
11. The Chávez factor in US-Venezuela relations
12. Obama’s imperialist offensive against Venezuela
Anyone concerned with understanding the dynamics, social impacts and political responses to the workings of capitalism and imperialism in Latin America will find this book a ‘must read’.