Anyone else get the impression that Richard Wolff is "hiding his power level" so to speak and is actually way more radical than he lets on? He seems to be more of a co-op, market socialism guy on the surface because he talks about workplace democracy a lot, but i remember him during an interview with Hakim saying pretty positive things about economic planning. Recently he has also been praising the People's Republic of China a lot in various interviews, and in the latest interview i watched him give to Briahna Joy Gray he even snuck in a Lenin quote at the end (uncredited of course saying just "a famous political leader once said") basically paraphrased the well known "there are decades when nothing happens and there are weeks when decades happen" line. Is he a closeted ML or what? Is his focus on workplace democracy just a smart strategy to appeal to "baby leftist" Americans and introduce them to basic Marxist concepts without scaring them away?
An interesting quote from the article:
*Cheng uses a Maoist metaphor to illustrate his point – referring to ‘the revolutionary path of ‘encircling the cities from the countryside’”. What is needed now, he argues, is for China and the Global South to “overcome the West’s preventive measures and cooperate with the ‘global countryside’ – the peripheral countries – in the same way.”*
This is a short excerpt from a longer event with multiple speakers. I highly recommend going to watch the whole thing, or at least listen to a few other speakers, they all offer very interesting perspectives on the global geopolitical situation.
China used to be bad because too much centralized authoritarian dictatorship controlling and micromanaging everything, now it is even worse because too much "maoist" (scary!) grassroots initiatives and local governments taking initiative.
Not enough democracy, too much democracy, this porrige is too cold, that one is too hot...
A highly detailed, stats-heavy article about the current labor situation in Russia and how the ongoing conflict is likely to affect it. Worth reading to remind ourselves that Russia, while currently performing a very crucial anti-imperialist function on the world stage, is still very much a capitalist country - albeit a peripheral one - and as such suffers from all the problems and contradictions that come along with this system.
A stark reminder for the urgent need for socialism and the dictatorship of the proletariat without which it is not possible to implement the kinds of radical reforms and take the kinds of measures necessary to protect workers from the economic fallout of the confrontation with western imperialism and its fascist footsoldiers.
Our Russian comrades are not just waging a war against Ukrainian Nazis and NATO imperialists, but also daily struggle against their own bourgeois ruling class.
(P.S. the article is in Russian so you may need to use a translation plugin for your browser)