The rational kernel within Samir Amin's mythological shell : the idea of a democratic and pluralist world political party

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Patomaki , H 2019 , ' The rational kernel within Samir Amin's mythological shell : the idea of a democratic and pluralist world political party ' , Globalizations , vol. 16 , no. 7 , pp. 1006-1011 . https://doi.org/10.1080/14747731.2019.1651529

Title: The rational kernel within Samir Amin's mythological shell : the idea of a democratic and pluralist world political party
Author: Patomaki, Heikki
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Political Science
Date: 2019-11-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 6
Belongs to series: Globalizations
ISSN: 1474-7731
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/306888
Abstract: Amin's Leninist-Maoist vision is unlikely to be persuasive to twenty-first century citizens. Nonetheless, there is a rational kernel in Amin's call for a new worldwide political organization. Some structures, mechanisms and tendencies of the capitalist world economy are relatively enduring and some patterns recurrent, although the world economy is also fluid, constantly changing and evolving. Although waves of globalization have radically transformed human societies and their economic activities during the past 500 years also in many positive ways, the expansion of the international society and world economy has often been characterized by violence, imperial subjection and colonial expropriation and exclusion. There is a rational kernel also within Amin's analysis of the current world-political situation. Command over space and time by investors and megacorporations is power. Emancipation aims at freedom from domination. The decline of the World Social Forum indicates that progressive politics must move 'beyond the concept of a discussion forum'. My argument is that emancipation from unnecessary, unneeded and unwanted sources of determination requires global transformative agency and planetary visions about alternatives.
Subject: Capitalism
democracy
cosmopolitanism
Marx
mystical shell
tendential counterfactual thinking
World Social Forum
world political party
517 Political science
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