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Is Anderson's US-centric approach reductive?

In the latest issue of the New Left Review, Perry Anderson has written 60,000 words on the topic of world domination. Of course, “world domination” sounds a bit passé nowadays, a bit cartoonish. Anderson instead casts the United States as a “planetary power” that has secured and spread capitalism across the globe. Its success, he suggests, is already beginning to haunt it.

As a leader of Marxist New Left, Anderson’s focus is unsurprisingly on capital. For him, the thousands of historians who have…

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