Marxist Economist Samir Amin Dies at 86
OBITUARIES, 13 Aug 2018
Amin was hospitalized on 21 Jul and went back home on Saturday [11 Aug], but he passed away the following day.
12 Aug 2018 – Born in Cairo, Egypt, the prominent thinker died today afternoon in France after serious complications following a brain tumor, reported his colleague Cherif Salif SY on social media.
“A very shocking news of passing away of Samir Amin after a brief period of memory loss to brain tumor and suffering,” said the fellow economist on Linkedin. “The world has lost a towering thinker and activist, a humble comrade and friend. Rest in Power and Peace, dear Comrade Samir,” he added, sending his condolences to Amin’s family and “comrades of Third World Forum.”
He published almost 30 books about capitalism and Marxism, his most important works being Accumulation on a World Scale: A Critique of the Theory of Underdevelopment, A Critique of Eurocentrism and Culturalism: Modernity, Religion, and Democracy, and Capitalism in the Age of Globalization, among others.
Son of general practitioners, he studied political sciences, statistics and economics in Paris. He joined the French Communist Party, later took some distance from the Soviet interpretation of Marxism, while getting closer to Maoist circles for a time.
He was appointed an advisor for the Planification Minister in Bamako, Mali, in 1960. He taught Economy in the University of Poitiers and Paris in France, as well as in Dakar, where he became the president of the Third World Forum.
DISCLAIMER: The statements, views and opinions expressed in pieces republished here are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of TMS. In accordance with title 17 U.S.C. section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. TMS has no affiliation whatsoever with the originator of this article nor is TMS endorsed or sponsored by the originator. “GO TO ORIGINAL” links are provided as a convenience to our readers and allow for verification of authenticity. However, as originating pages are often updated by their originating host sites, the versions posted may not match the versions our readers view when clicking the “GO TO ORIGINAL” links. This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a ‘fair use’ of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml. If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.