Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism: Violent Systems of Capital by Jasmin Hristov

By Jasmin Hristov

The folk of Colombia have, for the final fifty years, been topic to a selected kind of violence: paramilitarism. An embodiment of the underbelly of worldwide capitalist accumulation, this type of pervasive violence expresses the exacerbation of social inequalities and sophistication formation lower than capitalism. In Paramilitarism and Neoliberalism, Jasmin Hristov theorises this severe expression in gentle of compelled displacement, labour repression, subjugation of social activities, decentralisation of violence, drug trafficking and the emergence of various para-institutional armed actors throughout Latin the US. The actions of paramilitary teams within the post-demobilisation period, their involvement in human rights violations, and their multi-level aid networks inside of significant nation associations are documented, with a selected emphasis on violent dispossession and unlawful land appropriation that has benefited agroindustries and mining agencies. Hristov engages in a Marxist political economic system strategy, mixed with a world sociological standpoint, taking into account an expansive and deep-reaching knowing of paramilitarism as a phenomenon with many faces, eventually illustrating the way it is more and more changing into the coercive counterpart of worldwide capital.

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I. As mentioned earlier, the onset of capitalism was made possible by the interaction between the owners of the means of production and those who had to sell their labour-power in order to survive. Marx critiqued classical political economists, such as Adam Smith and David Ricardo, for Hristov T02880 01 text 26 04/08/2014 10:24 Foundations for Theorizing Paramilitarism 27 not offering an adequate explanation of how these two social classes came about, or, in other words, for discouraging inquiries into the concrete social processes through which capital was formed.

Through this work, my goal is to advance theoretically significant propositions regarding the role of violence in processes of capital accumulation and primitive accumulation as embodied by paramilitary forces in the era of neoliberal globalization. Hristov T02880 01 text 12 04/08/2014 10:24 Introduction: The Spectre of Paramilitarism 13 For a while, the predominant focus of the literature on violence in Latin America was either on counter-insurgency operations carried out by state military forces or on revolutionary violence aimed at overthrowing the state.

It is for this reason that Marx believes that class struggle is ultimately a political struggle, as expressed in The Communist Manifesto and The Poverty of Philosophy: ‘Every class struggle is a political struggle’ (Marx 1848/1987: 29). What distinguishes Marx’s analysis so radically from classical political economy, as Wood (1981) explains, is that it creates no sharp discontinuities between economic and political spheres since he treats both the sphere of the economy and the sphere of politics as a set of social relations.

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