Translation of an article from Tootopia: ‘The so-called pension fund deficit is, in essence, the seizure of social insurance funds for investment. And this is a problem brought about by the overaccumulation of capital.’
As the secular crisis of capitalism takes on a seemingly non-economic character, new epidemics, famines, floods and other “natural” disasters will be used as a justification for the extension of state control, and the response to these crises will increasingly function as an opportunity to exercise new and untested tools for counterinsurgency. A coherent communist politics must grasp both of these facts together.
Appeals to US power by Hong Kongers, while not necessarily useless, can have only a limited effect. Since there is a single global system helmed by American power, it is impossible for Hong Kong to secede from the mainland and join a different sphere of influence.
“it is not the tariffs that cause the slowdown, but the slowdown and the expiration of China’s growth model that pushes the government to adopt a more assertive, repressive and nationalistic approach”
It was only a matter of time before it happened. The protesters and the cops both knew it. On October 1st, a teenager was shot point-blank in the chest by police. The bullet missed his heart by approximately three centimeters.
Letter from a reader summarizing comments from otherwise liberal-minded office workers in Beijing, who have more access to accurate news about the situation in HK than most people in China
Detailed timeline & in-depth, analytical interview with a collective in Hong Kong on the pros & cons of the movement so far
Print copies available from distributors in four continents. Update: contents now available on our website, as well.
Translated overview of a project from the collective “Events in Focus” on Chinese overseas investment & local responses, with a call for donations
Debates about the sci-fi blockbuster provide insights into the nationalism growing among Chinese millenials — translated review from Tootopia
Translation of rap song & essay about workers who contracted black lung while building Shenzhen, their protracted struggle for treatment, & ongoing repression of activists supporting them
In China the movement has involved struggles not only on college campuses but also in industrial zones, amidst growing tensions in the sphere of reproduction
The evening out of China’s double-divided economic geography (rural-urban and interior-coastal) has long been a policy goal of the state. But how effective has this relocation been?
Translated memoirs of 3 witnesses to the Ürümqi events of July 2009, with background on this crucial turning point for Xinjiang & the world. Reposted from SupChina.
Print editions of our journal’s first two issues on sale & en route to sustainers; Xinjiang article from issue 2 published on 10th anniversary of July 2009 events
Translation of insights into the movement’s context, from mainlanders with perspectives close to our own; 2nd in a series on Jasic, millennial Maoism, etc.
Interview with participants on the radical possibilities & limitations not visible in mainstream portrayals, relative to local history. Reposted from CrimethInc.
Translation of an article from the Chinese Marxist left, looking at debt, growth and crisis in the Chinese economy, with our commentary
Translations of two Chinese texts, perspectives within the movement not clear from mainstream accounts, with our commentary