By Emile Burns
THE IMPERIALIST STAGE OF CAPITALISM
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In popular usage, imperialism is a policy of expansion, of the conquest of less developed countries to form an Empire. In so far as the policy is seen to be more than an abstract desire to see the country’s flag floating over as much territory as possible, it is recognised that there is some economic reason for the policy of expansion. It is sometimes said, for example, that the reason is a search for markets, or for raw materials and food, or for land where an overcrowded home population could find an outlet. IMAGE: Gaddafi’s son Mu’tassem, lies on mattress after being tortured and killed by NATO sponsored rebels. The attack on Libya, facilitated by trumped up, hypocritical charges, is a classical “land-grab” operation of Western imperialism.