Against the Grain, for October 20, 2003 - 12:00pm
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The war in Iraq may lead some to think that another age of colonial occupation has begun. Yet eminent Marxist scholar Ellen Meiksins Wood believes that imperialism under capitalism is distinguished by a new sort of militarism -- that of war without end. The drive for endless war results from the tension between capitalism's global reach and its continued reliance on the nation-state as an instrument of administration and coercion -- and presents significant opportunities for the Left.