Delivery Workers, Trapped in the System

Delivery Workers, Trapped in the System

Around the world, previously invisible delivery personnel have achieved a new prominence in popular consciousness as “frontline workers” throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. As the emergency has highlighted both the importance and the dangers of delivery work, strikes...
Scaling the Firewall, 1: #LiftTheBucket

Scaling the Firewall, 1: #LiftTheBucket

First intake in a series from our friend G. —Chuang The following is the first of a new series of investigations into Chinese social media, compiling information on trends in social phenomena that I believe can provide additional context for readers outside the...
Worker organising under the pandemic: reflections from China

Worker organising under the pandemic: reflections from China

Below is our translation of an anonymous Chinese article from the mainland left blog Worker Study Room (工人自习室), originally published in May 2020. It is the only attempt we’re aware of to provide a systematic overview of workers’ lives and job conditions, labour...
Measuring the Profitability of Chinese Industry: Data Brief

Measuring the Profitability of Chinese Industry: Data Brief

Introduction The specter of looming depression now sits on our immediate horizon.[i] But, in speaking about the secular crisis of capitalism and the position of China within this global crisis, it is essential to cut to the core of the question. On the one hand, this...
Welcome to the Frontlines: Beyond Violence and Nonviolence

Welcome to the Frontlines: Beyond Violence and Nonviolence

This piece is also available as a high-quality pdf for reading or printing. Over the past two weeks, the US has seen some of the largest, most militant protests and riots in decades. The now nationwide movement began in Minneapolis following the police murder of...