The theoretical weakness of theses positing emergence of a transnational bourgeoisie and a transnational state. A critique of the views of William Robinson
This article presents a critique of the thesis positing the emergence of a transnational bourgeoisie and transnational state as outlined in the work of William Robinson. Given the Marxist character of Robinson’s views, the present critique shares common ground methodologically, rejecting, however, notions such as so- called globalization or exploitation of one country by another, lack of national identity of multinational corporations,formation of a “global” proletariat and the need for manifestation of social resistance at the “global” level.On the contrary, this articleemphasizes concepts such as non-territorial imperialism, the reproduction of capitalist exploitation and domination exclusively within the context of national formations and the key role of the state in the capitalist mode of production. It is within that framework that the reasons for the establishment of so-called “supranational” organizations can best be interpreted.