[Marxism] China Influence Grows With Car Sales

S. Artesian sartesian at earthlink.net
Tue Apr 21 14:33:30 MDT 2009

Obviously, that's good news for the bourgeoisie, and I'm sure it's why stock 
markets all over the world have ticked up, including the Shanghai index that 
is up 34% from its lows, which means its only down 33% from its previous 

Our friend Lueko upplays car sales as if they are an index to China closing 
the gap on the US,  becoming a new center of economic gravity for.... what? 
Foreign investment?  Nope, that seems to be on the decline.  Industrial 
profit?  Nope, that seems to be on the decline.  Increased wages for 
workers?  No indication of that is there really?  The data seems pretty 
opaque.   Increasing employment?  I don't know comrade, latest tally I saw 
showed 75,000 factories closing in the Quangdong and 20 milllion out of 120 
million migrant workers unemployed with no prospects other than returning to 
the village.  And there is the report that 6 million students graduating 
universities this year will not find employment.

Maybe agricultural incomes and increased rural consumption?  Nope, 
agricultural incomes over the long term have been stagnant, and after the 
food price inflation of 2007, agricultural  incomes are back to about $700 
per person per year.

Hmmh... maybe fixed asset investment?  Yep, that seems to be cruising right 
along, and like much of fixed asset investment in developed countries, it 
has a big real estate component.   Sounds to me like a bubble has been 
pushed to the East.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lüko Willms" <lueko.willms at t-online.de>
To: <sartesian at earthlink.net>
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 10:19 AM
Subject: Re: [Marxism] China Influence Grows With Car Sales

> On Mon, 20 Apr 2009 15:25:10 -0700 (PDT) milongonsinga wrote:
>  Comrades may remember a message of mine where I pointed out that China
> had bypassed the USA by car sales in the month of January, 2009. Our 
> friend
> S. Sartesian downplayed this, but the story continues:

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