Interview with Brooklyn Rail on our book about how the pandemic has played out in China and its implications for capitalist state-building and class struggle.
“Using all the power of one life to resist the numbness of an entire system, and all that was left was a sigh. Rest in peace.”
To find answers, the international left must stop looking at things through anti-imperialist and culturalist lenses and sharpen its gaze on Chinese class society.
Soe Lin Aung looks beyond the palace to structural dynamics underlying Myanmar’s return to military rule and the possibilities for popular resistance.
Communism is inherently internationalist, that requires learning about the largest fraction of the global proletariat, working in the largest technological complexes. But reading books isn’t really solidarity.
“For all those riders who are still fighting against time on the road, all I can do is to pray quietly for them in my heart.”
Worker memes on Douyin (the Chinese version of TikTok) — first in a series on social media in China
The impact of job losses and declining incomes on workers’ lives is much greater than before. This has repressed the beginning of a renewed period of struggle. However, this has not affected the willingness of workers who have fought directly before.
Overall, we identify a clear decline in the profitability of the Chinese economy over time, and particularly since either 2008 or 2010, depending on the measure. At the same time, the trend in Chinese industry specifically has been slightly different.
The concept of “the frontline,” as developed in Hong Kong since 2014, helps to overcome the old divide between militant and peaceful protest. Those on the frontlines take personal risks to protect those around them, helping to push forward the movement as a whole, including those performing less dangerous but equally important roles.
Translated interview with two Chinese Marxists, on state efforts to take advantage of the city’s unrest for the benefit of mainland capital’s global ambitions
As with “immigration reform” in the U.S. and Europe, changes to China’s household registration policy represent not the erosion of this system of population control, but accommodation to changes in the broader structure of production.
Translated update on the status of Ye Haiyan following the repression of feminists in China since 2015. (Intake from a reader.)
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”