There may be centers in the Empire, but there is no CENTER. The Empire is not Washington despite so many who desire it to be so. The Empire is more than the USA.
The Empire and Capital are everywhere. There is no outside, only inside these days. That is what globalization really means. Capital really is global and nation states really become weaker every day. They are still here, mind you, but have less control over Capital every single day.
Our goal should not be to return to the "good old days." Our goal should be to create an alter "Empire" of the Multitudes. This would be a world without Capital, without capitalist accumulation, and exploitation. This can only be accomplished by the multitudes. No one else can do it - no Party, no union, no NGO, no nation state, just the working people of the world.
This brings us to what is happening in Ethiopia. The land and resources which are being stolen from the people who live on them. Who is doing what to whom.
In this instance we are talking about land being stolen by companies from India. The article below at one point seems to imply that the Indian government is responsible for all this, but does anyone really believe India, the nation, is ultimately behind all this? I think that is a too simple an explanation. Does anyone believe that New Delhi is the capital of the Empire and the bureaucrats who call themselves the government are in charge? No one denies that those bureaucrats do not act on behalf of national and international Capital, and no one finds those bureaucrats blameless, but...it goes beyond that.
In the article is also the suggestion that the Ethiopian government must reform itself and act on behalf of its people. Of course, this is also not the solution. The solution does not lie with the government at all. Only the multitude, the working people, farmers, peasants of Ethiopia, of India, of the world are the solution.
This is the very sort of thinking which lends to a reactionary strategy of "we need to get back to the good old days of a strongly regulating nation state," but we KNOW there were no good old days of capitalism. Just as Marx recognized that early capitalism was actually an advance over feudalism (despite all its horror), so must we come to grips that globalization is an advance over what came before. We do not embrace it, of course, we work to push beyond to a new world entirely, but one last time, we don't do that by going backwards.
The following is from Food Crisis and the Global Land Grab.