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Suicide as revolt

Workers at the vast Foxconn manufacturing complex in China now struggle against daily torture that is not only physical but mental. It is a new form of the banality of evil that combines Dickensian work conditions, crowded dormitories and a vast bureaucratic maze designed to make young individuals feel totally lost and alone when thrust into it by circumstances not of their own making. Continue reading

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Capitalism’s violence, masses’ revolt show need for total view

The world today is riven between the creativity of masses in revolt and the violent degeneracy of counter-revolution, whose destructiveness even extends to the revived specter of nuclear war two decades after the collapse of the USSR. Such is the degeneracy of the globalized capitalist system, laden with destructive forces and sunk into structural crisis. The deep crisis is seen in the U.S. and abroad, economically, in unemployment and poverty, homelessness and hunger. It is seen politically, in new laws attacking workers and women, and new outbursts of racism. It is seen environmentally, with the advance of climate disruption and fake capitalistic solutions. It is seen in thought, as the lack of philosophy, of a total view, hampers the development of struggles from the U.S. to the revolutions of the Arab Spring facing counter-revolutions. Continue reading

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Using robots to attack labor upsurge in China

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters: Using robots to attack labor upsurge in China Workers who created a wave of strikes in China from auto and electronics to steel over the past two years have confronted the … Continue reading

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Chinese model is not workers’

From the new March-April 2012 issue of News & Letters: Workshop Talks Chinese model is not workers’ by Htun Lin As I watched the news of a state visit by the designated next President of the People’s Republic of China, … Continue reading

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Workshop Talks: Making teachers redundant

From the new January-February 2012 issue of News & Letters: Workshop Talks Making teachers redundant by Htun Lin Over a billion dollars has been spent in the last decade to comprehensively computerize the workplace at the nation’s largest HMO, where … Continue reading

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