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Samir Amin rejects the suggestion that the present kind of neoliberal capitalism is an inevitable destiny for humanity. He analyzes developments in the US, Europe and Japan, the emerging powers of China and India, the most likely destiny trajectory of post-Soviet Russia, and the constructing global. He explores no matter if different hegemonic blocs could emerge to circumscribe American energy, and strength unfastened marketplace capitalism to regulate to calls for except its slim imperative monetary good judgment. He identifies the most important worldwide campaigns that he feels progressives should still release, and warns that there's no substitute to successful political power.

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The answers that are given to it will decisively shape the future course of history. In this respect China has one major trump card (the legacy of its revolution), which could allow it to provide one possible model of what  Beyond US Hegemony? needs to be done. For access to the land must be recognized as a basic right for half of humanity, without which it will not have the conditions for survival. This right is ignored by capitalism; it does not even get a mention in the UN Charter of Rights.

The prevailing opinion today is that Asia is overcoming the legacy of underdevelopment due to imperialism and ‘closing the gap’ within the capitalist system, through methods that do not involve a break with that system. Appearances seem to confirm this vision of the future, since over the last quarter of a century Asia has notched up truly remarkable growth rates at a time when the rest of the world has been sliding deeper into stagnation. A linear projection might therefore suggest that we are heading for a renewal of the globalized capitalist system, which will be more balanced in favour of Asia, a capitalism that thereby loses its imperialist character at least in relation to East and South Asia, if not the rest of the third world.

In this connection, the dominant discourse concerning cultural legacies supposedly favourable or unfavourable to democracy does The Rise of China  nothing other than sow further confusion. For, in attributing unvarying transhistorical characteristics to certain ‘cultures’, it pays no heed to the break that comes with modernity. The modernity into which China has enthusiastically thrown itself provides a major asset for the future. I do not know whether it will generate rapidly enough a popular aspiration to democracy and the invention of appropriate forms.

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