Bill Warren (1935–1978) was a British Communist, originally a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain and later a contributor to New Left Review. In his last years he was a member of the British and Irish Communist Organisation.
〔''The Popular and the Political: Essays on Socialism in the 1980s''
By Mike Prior. Routledge, 1981〕〔One commentator described Warren as
the B&ICO's "most important thinker",see ''Women divided: Gender, Religion, and Politics in Northern Ireland'' by Rosemary Sales. Routledge, 1997.〕
He is best remembered as the author of ''Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism''. This unconventional Marxist analysis was published posthumously in 1980 and is still being debated.
〔''Imperialism, Pioneer of Capitalism'' by Bill Warren.Edited by John Sender.
Verso, 1980.〕 He rejected the argument of Lenin's Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism, that capitalist development outside of Europe had ceased to be possible. He considered that he was restoring the original view of Marx and Engels, particularly in regard to the results of Britain's rule in India: namely that imperialism plays a progressive role in fostering the spread of capitalism worldwide, which is a prerequisite for socialism.
〔''Marxist Perspectives on Imperialism: a Theoretical Analysis''
by Chronis Polychroniou. Praeger, 1991.〕〔For criticism of Warren's views, see
''Politics and dependency in the Third World'' by Ronaldo Munck, Ulster Polytechnic, 1984.〕
Some commentators have likened Warren's ideas on capitalism, particularly his belief
that the creation of a global market is required for the creation of a Communist
society, to other thinkers,such as the Revolutionary Communist Party and
Nigel Harris.〔''Babylon and Beyond: The Economics of''
''Anti-Capitalist,Anti-Globalist and Radical Green Movements'' by Derek Wall. Pluto Press,
2005. ISBN 0745323901 (p.114)〕
Warren, B., (1980). ''Imperialism: Pioneer of capitalism'', London: Verso. 〔Jeffries, R., (July 1, 1982). Review of Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism, ''African Affairs'' by Bill Warren, 81, 324, 433–436.〕〔Halliday, F., (1983). Imperialism and the Middle East. Review of Imperialism: Pioneer of Capitalism, by Bill Warren, ''Merip Reports'', September, 117.) 〕
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