"Never since the end of the Second World War have international
capitalism and its class relations been subject to such a withering
critical onslaught as at present," writes Frederic Clairmont in
Globalization: The Purgatory of Delusions. In the first of the two
essays published here, the celebrated economist and humanist
provides us with his own rich critical insights on what he considers
to be the irreversible debacle of monopoly capitalism, in which the
meltdown of 2007-08 is but on aspect of the continuing crisis.
The raging upheavals and stagnation in the eurozone, and what
the author considers its non-sustainability, joined to the endemic
depression of American capitalism, underscore the convulsive
character of imperialism and its ideological expression,
neoliberalism. Amid the rising tide of poverty, unemployment and
human misery, economic power is becoming ever more
concentrated in the hands of an elite minority, and the criminal
workings of high finance ever more repugnant in the eyes of the
stricken majority concisely designated as the 99 percent. This
crisis of capitalist globalization, asserts Dr. Clairmont, conclusively
shatters the illusion of perpetual prosperity peddled by the zealots
of the free market.
The second essay, the Demise of the Quisling Duo: Reflections on
Imperial Pathology, offers a no-holds-barred look back at the lives
of Vaclav Havel and Christopher Hitchens, who passed away within
days of each other in December 2011. An entrenched anti-
communist and founding president of the Czech Republic, Havel
and his foreign backers rocketed his country into the imperialist
orbit, while Hitchens, who had always masqueraded as a "socialist",
became a staunch cheerleader of the US invasion of Iraq. As Dr.
Clairmont documents, each "served ... in his own specific way, the
cause of imperial genocide."