- 23 May 2020 03:23
Patrickov wrote:Which renders the statement "United States being a uni-polar power since WW2" false. The mere existence of USSR means at least between 1945 and 1990 the world was at least bi-polar and United States was just "one of them".
Not really. Whether economically, militarily or technologically the Soviet Union was never able to catch up to the United States (though it did succeed in economically and militarily modernizing) and culturally it was arguably more advanced. When we talk about multi-polarity today it is entirely about the discourse that exists around Chinese economic development since the 1990's, a dynamic that was never achieved by the Soviet command economy. Furthermore it includes the substantive tension between different modes of market-driven development, whereas the Cold War narrative was more about creating a premise to domestically suppress the workers' movement in the US.
Labour is ... not the only source of material wealth, ie of the use-values it produces. As William Petty says, labour is the father of material wealth, the earth is its mother.
Marx, Capital, Volume I, Chapter One