Contents, Introduction, Bibliography and About the Author can be seen online. "In general, the Scandinavian countries did not have the necessary military power and administrative capacity to establish and operate their own colonies. They had to ride the wave of the great colonial powers in order to enjoy the benefits offered by imperialism. There was no difference, however, between the Scandinavian countries and the great colonial powers regarding their attitude towards colonialism. European colonialism can be seen as a unified whole in which large and small countries played different roles. Some managed territories and opened up markets, others provided capital, built infrastructure, or transported goods to and from the colonies. The Scandinavian countries earned large sums by navigating in the wake of the major colonial powers." —from Riding the Wave
In The Principal Contradiction, Torkil Lauesen introduces readers to the philosophy of dialectical materialism as a tool for changing the world. Dialectical materialism allows us to understand the dynamics of world history, the concept of contradiction building a bridge between theory and practice, with the principal contradiction telling us where to start.
On imperialisme and globalization "Part One focuses on political history, Part Two on political economy, and Part Three on political practice. There are also two appendices: one on Marx's theory of value, and one on Foucault’s theory of power. Both are essential to understanding my approach, but they are included as appendices to avoid disrupting the book’s narrative."
Teoretisk værk, som fører snylterstatsteorien op til i dag. Den beskriver globaliseringen, som har ført til at en udflytning af store dele at produktionen fra det globale Nord til det globale Syd og de konsekvenser det får for arbejderklassen og klassekampen. Bogen er kommet i en engelsk udgave