Chinese students, made to study Communism, are rising up for workers' rights

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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/10/01/with-chinese-characteristics.html

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One way or another, all authoritarian movements eventually eat their young. At least this one has an amusing ironic element.

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They were never supposed to believe that stuff!

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Huh? Are there words missing from the section in bold? I don’t get it.

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“A spectre is haunting Communist China …”

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The students were singing The Internationale in Tiananmen Square back in 1989 too

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Paywalled but relevant: Peking University threatens to close down Marxism society

https://www.ft.com/content/ccab09aa-bdc2-11e8-8274-55b72926558f

(Tried tracking down full text through my institution, but no luck. Though I personally did read the article through the 1-article a month thing they do to draw you in or whatever.)

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They were never supposed to believe that stuff!

It’s almost like kids in the US in the 50s being brought up on a diet of anti-communist ‘land of the free’ propaganda then actually believing it and supporting civil rights :slight_smile:

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Try this. It’s still baffling but the grammar checks out.

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I liked reading Financial Times. They have (or had) them for free at the UT Business School. I found it amusing that some people thought it was some kind of faggy rag because it was pink(ish). Had great joy in seeing their faces when I informed them that, no, it is a business journal. Also wish I could read the article.

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Yeah. The US media (and presumably other medias as well) portrayed the protesters as anti-communist, but this was an over simplification.

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It’s been changed to this, “and a movement away from western media influences.”

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Which is why North Korea under the first Kim quickly moved away from Marxism or even calling themselves a “Communist” country. It’s all about “juche,” meaning “self-reliance,” but also just means “the collective,” or “the governing body.” A blank slate to attach all convenient intentions.

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That’s because carnivorous, human-like monsters are never satisfied with the victims at hand, and always want more.

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ISTR a student leader talking about how forcing the state to repress them was a step towards a more general revolution and the workers joining them. The definitely saw their struggle in terms of the communist dialectic that they had learned in school.

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“Chinese students, made to study Communism, are rising up for workers’ rights”

LOL owned

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Unfortunately a few too many forgot the “land of the free” bit, and are now spending their sunset years voting for rapey douchebags and screaming at Fox News.

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Agreed in spirit, though I’d argue there was a sincere belief that communism is incompatible with democracy (which of course is not true ::cough cough:: rojava cough cough)

But enough of that. I stand with the students! Let’s bring it on!

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I’ve read, in Jianying Zha’s China Pop IIRC, that Chinese as of the mid-90s thought of the student leaders of Tiananmen as fanatics that they are better off without. Understandably, most Chinese are not keen on any kind of revolution.

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