[Marxism] A reply to Ben Norton and Ajit Singh’s hatchet job on the Uyghurs | Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Dec 15 13:30:34 MST 2018

An August, 2018 article by Ben Norton and Ajit Singh on the Grayzone 
Project defended the Chinese government against charges that it had put 
a million Uyghurs into detention camps. If this suggests that these 
people had plummeted to new depths, it can at least be stated that they 
didn’t fall too far. In Dantean terms, they are about 3 inches above the 
Ninth Circle.

Norton, of course, is familiar to one and all as the journalist who 
scrubbed his website of all anti-Assad articles once he made a Road to 
Damascus conversion lubricated by jobs with Salon and then Alternet that 
were peddling the standard pro-Assad propaganda found on the liberal left.

Ajit Singh was a new name to me. A brief look at an article he wrote for 
Telesur should give you an idea of his perspective on China:

	While capitalists exist in China today, unlike in capitalist societies, 
they are isolated and not organized in pursuit of their collective 
interests. Instead, they exist under the rule of the socialist state to 
aid national economic development. Capitalists transgressing their 
boundaries are swiftly dealt with by the Communist Party and the Chinese 
people. An annual list of China’s richest citizens is commonly called 
the “death list” or “kill pigs list” because those named often are later 
imprisoned. Capitalists also regularly get taken hostage by workers to 
win labor victories with police actively assisting workers.

When I read this, I laughed so hard that the ginger ale I was drinking 
squirted out of my nose. The only people who write such nonsense tend to 
occupy the netherworld of old-school Stalinism, like the theologian 
Roland Boer in Australia. Most people on the left tend to identify with 
the young Maoist students who are facing repression for standing up for 
the working class in China while Singh and Norton would have you believe 
that the country’s government is wisely and benignly committed to the 
construction of socialism even though Jack Ma, the CEO of Alibaba, is a 
member of the CP and worth a cool $40 billion.


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