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A_Marxist_Critique_on_the_Hegemon - Justin Dooley Prof...

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Justin Dooley 1 Prof. Byoungha Lee Intro to International Relations Position Paper Tuesday, August 07, 2007 A Marxist Critique on the Hegemonic Control of Latin and South America by the United States Karl Marx was a thinker who was way ahead of his time. It would have been impossible for him to fully realize how capitalism would play out. In his day, the bourgeoisie did not have a fully functional international system and markets that could be exploited so easily. In today’s world with modern trade systems, cheap labor and resources are used efficiently by the capitalist market. The people in the global south are deceived by the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, tools of the bourgeoisie and the global north. This essay will concentrate on the United States involvement in Latin and South America as dictated by the Monroe Doctrine and the North American Free Trade Agreement. The US has been heavily involved over the years in shutting down Communist and Marxist upheavals. This is something Marx could have predicted during his time. According to Marx, “For many a decade past the history of industry and commerce is but the history of the revolt of modern productive forces against modern conditions of production, against the property relations that are the conditions for the existence of the bourgeoisie and of its rule, (Marx 14).” The bourgeoisie are not willing to give up the conditions of their supremacy and therefore must stop all revolts of production forces thereby reaffirming their rule over property. Part of their success is due to the Realist foreign relations policy that the US has been following very heavily since after World War II. Many Latin American Natives are
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Justin Dooley 2 Prof. Byoungha Lee Intro to International Relations Position Paper Tuesday, August 07, 2007 in search of a system that embraces their communal way of life. Although Marx embraced the cosmopolitan, many Latin Americans embrace rural life and shared basic resources. Marx predicted the exploration of new markets by the bourgeoisie as well as the thorough re-exploitation of already explored markets. With innovation in technology, the modern bourgeoisie do not even have to be in the area they are exploiting, they can simply check in from overseas. That way, the modern capitalist can be exploiting several markets at once, thereby increasing power over the entirety of the proletariat. The state
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