Terror as disappearances follow Chinese student communists' solidarity with striking workers


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/11/16/wwmd.html


#2

Every day, in every way, the world manages to get a little bit weirder. It seems that whatever the potential outcomes are from any situation, the politicians will always plump for the most destructive option.


#3

Looking forward to an up and coming member of the National People’s Congress talking about how he has a list of 205 (or 57 or 81) “known unionists” in the State Council, and demanding hearings to root out “unionist sympathizers” in the film and television industry.


#4

Chinese schools always leave out the critical part where they explain that all the Marxist and Communist ideology that students are expected to learn is just a cover story and shibboleth for crony capitalism by party members.


#5

The House Comitee on Un-Chinese Activity?


#6

The fundamental dichotomy between Marxist Ideology and the modern Chinese Communist Party reminds me of the dichotomy between Christ’s teachings and the modern Evangelical Christians in the U.S.


#7

For real. The entire human experience is a shit show. Given enough good intentions and some time, we can turn anything into a kill-crazy rampage.


#8

Unfortunately China has decided to revert to totalitarian nationalism. This clampdown coincides with the bulldozing of churches and massed re-education camps for Uighur Muslims:


#9

And I imagine that if the Evangelicals got the theocracy they so want, Christians would find themselves in a similar situation…


#10

And people wonder why the vast majority of people here in Taiwan have zero desire to be annexed by China…


#11

It seems as though Xi Jinping has learned much from his neighbor Kim.


#12

True dat. I distinctly remember the days when Chinese student activists were disappeared for protesting against the communists.


#13

This tracks really closely the plot in Kim Stanley Robinson’s novel this year “Red Moon”. The novel did a great job (for me) of making visible some of the social and political characteristics of China that are hinted at in some recent Chinese SF.


#14

Hong Kong was kind of supposed to be the proof that the PRC could absorb a Westernized democracy to tempt the RoC back into the fold. With the slow choking off of freedoms there it is not going well.


#15

"The students – who call themselves “Marxists” and "Maoists"

An economic theorist with some good insights, and a world class murdering thug. Cognitive dissonance much?


#16

It’s a cultural and educational thing. Blame the schools for that, not the students.


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This is not surprising. Soviet Union, and their vassal states, hated the idea of an even semi-independent labor movement, and viciously suppressed any attempts at that.


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