Apr 23

MAHER: uh all right New Rule: can we stop engaging in the hideous act of sex already? it’s 2014, come on people [loud cheers from audience]

Notes Towards a Critique of Maoism | Insurgent Notes

Maoism created the basis for stable capitalist development in China: it finally disciplined the Chinese working class, which had been one of the most rebellious and class conscious in the world; and it drove a deep wedge between urban workers and the rural population — something which Chiang Kaishek had failed to do and which continues to be the main support of capitalism in China today.

You forget that after telling workers to bombard the headquarters, Mao and co. got terrified that things were getting out of control in working class centers like Shanghai. In February 1967 they outlawed workers participating in the Cultural Revolution and sent in the PLA to take over factories, colleges, and towns across the country. Soon afterwards, the Red Guards were outlawed and deported to the countryside en masse (a policy started by Liu Shaoqui in 1961 to solve the problem of having to feed the urban population in the wake of the depression that started that year).

Subject to martial law for the next decade, the Chinese workers were totally neutered and unable to put up any type of protest whatsoever when new leaders came into power in 1978.

I should explain more of what I mean by dividing rural and urban workers. In 1956-57, there were big protests of the urban poor. Mao drew the conclusion from this that there was the threat of “another Hungarian revolt”, and that the solution was to create a rural-industrial proletariat to fund the creation of better jobs in the cities. The necessary accompaniment to this was the creation of the Hukou, to make it impossible for the rural proletariat — who were paid almost nothing and had no benefits — to reach the cities. In this way, they could stamp out poverty in the towns.

Rural industry was very important through the 1970s…once again these industries, which employed more workers than urban industry, had wages a fraction of urban workers and no access to any of the same social welfare. Since the 1980s, the rural proletariat has been allowed to migrate to the cities to be exploited more efficiently and within reach of foreign capital. This had once again created an urban poor, but still using Mao’s system of the hukou so they are still officially classified as rural proletarians and therefore are second class citizens with no rights and no access to public services.

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The IWW: The failure of revolutionary syndicalism in the USA, 1905-1921 | International Communist Current

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Apr 17

"Against any accusation of ‘economism’ we should remember that money is capital, i.e. it is the power to command labour. Therefore to reappropriate that money which is the fruit of our labour – of our mothers’ and grandmothers’ labour – means at the same time to undermine capital’s power to command forced labour from us. And we should not distrust the power of the wage in demystifying our femaleness and making visible our work – our femaleness as work – since the lack of a wage has been so powerful in shaping this role and hiding our work. To demand wages for housework is to make it visible that our minds, bodies and emotions have all been distorted for a specific function, in a specific function, and then have been thrown back at us as a model to which we should all conform if we want to be accepted as women in this society."

I really like Coetzee.

Apr 15