China’s Silk Road Train Arrives in Iran

Many years ago in his study of the capitalist world-economy, sociologist and world systems analyst, Immanuel Wallerstein pointed out a historical pattern. Whenever a core capitalist country makes its profits primarily in the military and finance, these are signs it’s on its way out. Conversely, a sign of a new core country on the rise has something to do with that country’s harnessing new energy or creating a technological breakthrough.

Today while the United States claims profits from dealing arms and investing in fictitious capital, China builds intercontinental trains. There is a world shift going on with China asserting new influence over West Asia and starting to have an influence on Europe. The handwriting is on the wall for the U.S. empire as it loses its influence over Europe and control over West Asia.

Read more in The Guardian


The cargo train travelled from eastern China through Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, arriving in the Iranian capital Tehran. Photograph: Stringer/EPA

About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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