By Rajani Kannepalli Kanth
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Thus, the specific circumstances governing the ascent of Europe are simply singular historical artefacts not open for emulation, suggestion, or enterprise. Easy to see the contrast with the various determinisms, liberal and radical, outlined above, where patterns are seen as transferable and repeatable—an error of Marxian and mainstream “social science,” alike. Stated succinctly capitalism was neither a necessary, desirable, consciously sought, 28 Against Eurocentrism “goal,” nor even a vital feat of social evolution: it was a purely fortuitous development owing to a specific conjuncture of forces, events, and suitabilities, that has done little to enhance welfare when weighed against the costs it has extorted.
It is this singular, self-absorbed, autism of the late modernist European that was to have such earth shaking consequences for the rest of the planet. (7) Definitions of capitalism, as they abound in the literature, are a matter largely of taste and orthodoxy; given its multiple forms, stages, locations, and so on, there is no warrant for believing that an occlusion is possible, or even necessary, on its semantics. Marxists assimilate it usually to “wagelabor” (partial or general) although left merely at that, such relations have probably existed through much of the world without occasioning any such earthshaking European outcomes.
But why? How did such a “calling” arise? Far too easy to answer at 22 Against Eurocentrism one level of materialist explanation, provided one is ready to pay the requisite metaphysical dues to materialism: they who had nothing and wanted all, could only act in that way in line with the idea of necessitas non habet legem. That is to say, the very relative paucity in critical resources (but only so when judged in a uniquely “modernist” frame) of early European pioneer countries, England specially, meant that greed—much as need—had to look far and beyond for easy acquisition and accumulation: to the east, mainly, for the fabled wealth of the Indies and China.