[Marxism] China's high speed rail plans

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 2 08:53:46 MDT 2009

Lüko Willms wrote:
>   If a real workers-and-farmers government were in power in Beijing, what 
> would that do different? 
>   Some of Sartesian's writings suggests that they should make millions of 
> workers unemployed, in order to increase the per worker productivity... 

I haven't been paying close attention to this thread, but this strikes 
me as absurd. A real workers-and-farmers government, to use Trotskyist 
jargon, would first of all guarantee jobs for all since there is massive 
unemployment throughout China, a side-effect of a free market in labor. 
There would also be protection of safety on the job and vigilance 
against water and air pollution. A real workers-and-farmers government 
would also have a revolutionary foreign policy. China would not be 
turning a blind eye to US imperial aggrandizement in East Asia, to begin 
with. China would also respect the rights of Uighurs and Tibetans. I 
could go on at length, but this should suffice.

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