Imperialism is a phenomenon that played and still plays an important role in the world economic scene and it reaches to the political, military and social scenes as well. I Lenin and J. A Hobson have tried to define this phenomenon , explain its causes and its consequences. I Lenin went even further than Hobson by proposing a solution for this problem which tends to be a calamity for the world. So the goods that are produced by the highly productive factories cannot possibly be consumed by either the rich or the poor. Consequently this leads to an insolvable problem because there is an excess of goods and an excess of capital.
J. A. Hobson Views On Imperialism
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Enlightenment ideas, combined with the experience of the Napoleonic Wars, led on to stimulate change throughout the world. Some say that nationalism led to imperialism, while others say imperialism led to nationalism. On one hand, nationalism as a powerful country, can move towards imperialism. On the other hand, one may say that imperialism can potentially lead to nationalism in countries that have been taken over by imperial powers. One of the impacts that is shown is near the end when Kurtz comes down with jungle fever. Indeed, Orwell not only believes that imperialism causes self-destruction ; he also thinks that when the colonizer becomes a tyrant his personal freedom is taken away. The English were among the most important.
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Post a comment. Lenin's theory of imperial war went deeper than the division of the world's territory among the colonial powers - it pointed to the most profound developments in the western capitalist system itself, including the transformation of the capitalist econony into finance capitalism, and the more or less complete 'colonisation' of the state - or, rather, fusion of class and state - by big business. Significantly, Lenin also was vexed by the more or less complete capitualtion to 'war fever' among the parties of the international socialist movement - including Germany's socialists and Britain's Labout party apart from a handful of leaders such as Ramsay MacDonald and Philip Snowden - and the trade union organisations.
Imperialism: A Study , by John A. Hobson , is a politico—economic discourse about the negative financial, economic, and moral aspects of imperialism as a nationalistic business enterprise. Hobson argues that capitalist business activity brought about imperialism. Hobson states that what he called the "taproot of imperialism" is not in nationalist pride , but in capitalist oligarchy ; and, as a form of economic organization, imperialism is unnecessary and immoral , the result of the mis-distribution of wealth in a capitalist society.