Skip to comments.Young Marxists are going missing in China after protesting for workers
Posted on 11/13/2018 11:13:52 PM PST by Zhang Fei
Hong Kong (CNN) Fear is sweeping through the campuses of China's elite universities following a nationwide government crackdown aimed at silencing left-wing student activists, who had been campaigning for greater rights and protections for ordinary workers.
Since August at least nine young Chinese labor advocates have been forcibly detained in major cities across the country, a sharp escalation in Beijing's campaign against student activism on university campuses.
"The whole of Peking University is like under the white terror now, (the security guards) will come after you even if you were just at the scene where the student activists were distributing leaflets," a student at the prestigious Peking University told CNN Tuesday.
On Friday, one graduate, Zhang Shengye, was attacked and dragged into a car at the Beijing university by several people in black jackets, according to a widely circulated open letter.
"Someone used his arm to put me in a headlock and pushed me forward ... My glasses were missing in the chaos, and I was pressed to the ground," the letter writer and fellow activist, Yu Tianfu, said.
"I struggled to say, 'Who are you? Why can you do such a thing?' A man pointed to my head before I could finish and said ferociously, 'Stop shouting otherwise I will beat you again.'"
A grassroots student movement, led by activists labeling themselves Marxists and calling for greater workers' rights, has become a growing problem for the Chinese government in recent years.
Under Chinese President Xi Jinping, Beijing has increasingly cracked down on all forms of dissent, including human rights activists, labor groups and religious organizations.
Activists and analysts have pointed out the irony of the socialist Chinese government, led by the theoretically pro-worker Communist Party, cracking down on young Marxists.
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Ironic that people are protesting for workers’ rights in a communist country.
Yes. I’ve seen several videos with interviews of supervisors in Chinese (mainland) factories saying that only the PLA (government) labor union is authorized. Any efforts by workers to freely start and administer their own labor unions would be stopped and punished.
Fascist, communist, whatever. It’s a totalitarian regime. There are no lefts or rights there, just the state cracking down on everything below it.
Communism in practice is the exact opposite of communism in theory. The idiots who pine for communism just don’t get it. The second you try to implement communism you turn it into fascism.
People don’t think communism be like it is, but it do.......
Very interesting post/thread BUMP!
PRC Weather Report: Period of clear skies and pleasant temperatures returning to long period of night and fog.
Yep. Same shit.
Too bad ‘ young Marxists’ can’t start ‘going missing’ here in the US too ...
Oh, the irony. I could move to a Communist country and get a JOB beating communists.
Lenin was a devout Marxist, and believed that his interpretation of Marxism first termed “Leninism” by Martov in 1904 was the sole authentic and orthodox one. According to his Marxist perspective, humanity would eventually reach pure communism, becoming a stateless, classless, egalitarian society of workers who were free from exploitation and alienation, controlled their own destiny, and abided by the rule “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs”. According to Volkogonov, Lenin “deeply and sincerely” believed that the path he was setting Russia on would ultimately lead to the establishment of this communist society.
Lenin’s Marxist beliefs led him to the view that society could not transform directly from its present state to communism, but must first enter a period of socialism, and so his main concern was how to convert Russia into a socialist society. To do so, he believed that a “dictatorship of the proletariat” was necessary to suppress the bourgeoisie and develop a socialist economy. He defined socialism as “an order of civilized co-operators in which the means of production are socially owned”, and believed that this economic system had to be expanded until it could create a society of abundance. To achieve this, he saw bringing the Russian economy under state control to be his central concern, with in his words “all citizens” becoming “hired employees of the state”. Lenin’s interpretation of socialism was centralised, planned, and statist, with both production and distribution strictly controlled. He believed that all workers throughout the country would voluntarily join together to enable the state’s economic and political centralisation. In this way, his calls for “workers’ control” of the means of production referred not to the direct control of enterprises by their workers, but the operation of all enterprises under the control of a “workers’ state”. This resulted in what some perceive as two conflicting themes within Lenin’s thought: popular workers’ control, and a centralised, hierarchical, coercive state apparatus.
Before 1914, Lenin’s views were largely in accordance with mainstream European Marxist orthodoxy. Although he derided Marxists who adopted ideas from contemporary non-Marxist philosophers and sociologists, his own ideas were influenced not only by Russian Marxist theory but also by wider ideas from the Russian revolutionary movement, including those of the Narodnik agrarian-socialists. He adapted his ideas according to changing circumstances, including the pragmatic realities of governing Russia amid war, famine, and economic collapse. Thus, as Leninism developed, Lenin revised the established Marxist orthodoxy and introduced innovations in Marxist thought.
In his theoretical writings, particularly Imperialism, Lenin discussed what he regarded as developments in capitalism since Marx’s death; in his view, it had reached a new stage, state monopoly capitalism. He also believed that although Russia’s economy was dominated by the peasantry, that monopoly capitalism existed in Russia meant that the country was sufficiently materially developed to move to socialism. Leninism adopted a more absolutist and doctrinaire perspective than other variants of Marxism, and distinguished itself by the emotional intensity of its liberationist vision. It also stood out by emphasising the role of a vanguard who could lead the proletariat to revolution, and elevated the role of violence as a revolutionary instrument.
Pretty much where the New Democrats want to take us.
Marxist Maxine Waters: this liberal will be all about SOCIALIZING, uh uh ... will be about... uh... basically taking over and the GOVERNMENT running all of your companies
Leave it to CNN to be worried about left-wingers in China. Nothing about the millions of non left-wingers that have been killed. Or forced abortions. Or hundreds of millions of Human Rights abuse cases. Nope. But a handful of left-wing agitators, fat get CNN terrified. Even though there’s no evidence of anything wrong
And this is what socialist don’t get about socialism. If you piss off the wrong people, they will come for you. There’s no quote good quote socialists. Did them all the send is dangerous. Socialism equals totalitarianism. France selected socialists, but that didn’t mean that they were socialist country. Because the US went to allow that stuff to happen. But socialist mean totalitarianism.
“Did them” supposed to read “to them all descent is dangerous.”
The Chinese will toss CNN out, but you won't see the fake news network file a fake lawsuit against China. They will instead get slapped around by their corporate owners and walk it all back to try to win Xi's favor.
Yup, that is too bad. We can hope though.
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