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Empire and labor: U.S. and Latin America


Different kinds of empire-building have different impacts on the labor force, class politics and anti-imperialist movements. A corollary to this is that the diverse structures of labor and their socio-political expression have significantly different impacts on the process of empire building.

January 10, 2003

Labor formation in diverse regions cannot be deduced from abstract global economic categories, even less so can the diverse forms of social and political action.

This paper will focus on the “New Imperialism” emerging from the U.S. in the post-Vietnam, post-Soviet period, its evolving class composition, modus operandi and its impact on lavor both in the U.S. as well as in Latin America. Secondly we will examine the changing nature of the lavor force in Latin America and the new forms of social organization emerging to challenge the “ New Imperialism”.

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