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Lancet letter: "Capitalism, not Racism"
Posted by Der
on May 17, 2022, 8:02 am
"Richard Horton 1 correctly states that, in efforts to construct a fairer world, “we need to undertake a more realistic and rigorous analysis of where power lies”. However, Horton's Comment does not exhibit the required rigorous analysis. Citing the dubious work of Cheikh Anta Diop and Martin Bernal as authoritative commentary is precisely the type of shallow gesture that he correctly criticises as inadequate. Contrary to what Horton and Kehinde Andrews describe, the primary logic underpinning the western world order is not “that Black and Brown life is worth less”.1 The primary logic of the world order is that profit is valued more than human needs. Although racist ideologies can and did acquire considerable autonomy, they developed in large part to justify rampant capitalist exploitation and imperialism. Racist ideologies are more than ideological superstructures, but they can only be understood fully in the context of the political economy of the world system.
I declare no competing interests.
Roger L Albin
Offline: The myth of “decolonising global health”.
Lancet. 2021; 3981673 https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-67362200830-3/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email