By Richard Seymour
All empires spin self-serving myths, and within the US the main effective of those is that the USA is a strength for democracy around the globe. but there's a culture of yank anti-imperialism that exposes this deceptive mythology. American Insurgents is a stunning, revelatory historical past of anti-imperialism within the usa because the American Revolution. It charts the routine opposed to empire from the Indian Wars and the expansionism of the slave South to the Anti-Imperialist League of Mark Twain and Jane Addams. Seymour crafts a full of life and obvious clarification of why a few of these activities succeeded and others failed. the result's an essential point of view for these organizing antiwar resistance at the present time.
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This migration to the cities meant more labor for the capitalist industries, more men for the armies and navies, more men to colonize new lands, and more potential consumers, or buyers, of products. But the enclosures and the increase in population were by no means the sole source of the new working class. Innumerable peasants, yeomen, and minor nobility were bankrupted by exorbitant increases in monetary rents . Mounting debts that could not be repaid ruined countless others . In the cities and towns the guilds came to be more and more concerned with the income levels of their members .
By the middle of the fourteenth century, money rents exceeded the value of labor services in many parts of Europe. Another force that brought the market into the countryside, which was closely related to commutation, w as the alienation of the lords ' demesnes . The lords who needed cash to exchange for manufactured goods and luxuries began to rent their own lands to peasant farmers rather than having them farmed directly with labor service obligations. This process led increasingly to a situation in which the lord of the manor was simply a landlord in the modern 16 HISTORY OF ECONOMIC THOUGHT sense of that term.
By the sixteenth century, the handicraft type of industry, in which the craftsman owned the workshop, tools, and raw materials and functioned as an independent, small-scale entrepreneur, had been largely replaced in the exporting industries by the putting-out system. In the earliest period of the putting-out system, the merchant-capitalist would furnish an independent craftsman with raw materials and pay him a fee to work the materials into finished products . In this way the capitalist owned the product throughout all stages of production, although the work was done in independent workshops.
American Insurgents: A Brief History of American Anti-Imperialism by Richard Seymour