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The Final Debate: More of the Same With a Mute Button

Stripped of political theater, the final debate of the 2020 presidential election showed clearer than ever before that Donald Trump and Joe Biden want to present themselves as candidates of bourgeois “stability.” Though they differ in tactics, their responses showed that they share a vision of shoring up U.S. capitalist interests and revitalizing the decaying U.S. imperialist regime — and that they are more than willing to sacrifice the working class and oppressed across the world to do it.

Madeleine Freeman

October 23, 2020

Imperialism Today: Toward “Systemic Chaos”?

The U.S. elections will determine whether Donald Trump continues for another four years or the Democrats return to the White House with Joe Biden. Either scenario could mark a turning point. One salient characteristic of Trump’s first term has been his breaking — with uneven of the mechanisms through which the United States has articulated its dominance since World War II, shunning the more “multilateral” aspects of that dominance in favor of a more exacerbated unilateralism.

Esteban Mercatante

October 21, 2020

Disputes Between U.S. and China Dominate UN General Assembly

This Year's remote meeting of the United Nations General Assembly reflected the continued global health crisis as well as the ongoing and increasingly sharp economic battle between the US and China.

Claudia Cinatti

September 26, 2020

New Technologies, TikTok, Competition, and “Free” and Human Labor: An Interview with Economist Paula Bach

Economist Paula Bach, in an interview, addresses the future of work, new technologies and their relationship to the capitalist crisis, and how capitalism’s search for profit keeps new technologies from fulfilling their promise of vastly improving the lives of the great majority of people.

Paula Bach

September 19, 2020

The Contours of Capitalism in China

China is the world’s second-largest economy and the world’s main industrial producer and exporter. How can we characterize the economic and social transformations that have marked China’s development over the past four decades?

Esteban Mercatante

August 26, 2020

“Growth, Thy Name Is Suffering”

Chinese workers, the migrants from the country’s interior, call themselves the generation without a future or the generation without hope. They are young and leave the countryside to seek a better life in the city. But very quickly they become disillusioned by the living hell of the factory, of solitude. It is all hell. Working for Foxconn or any of the other industrial giants leaves them little or nothing. Words dance in their heads. They have a few sheets of paper on which to write them down. Their poems give us raw insight into the life of a Chinese worker.

Leonava Whale

August 1, 2020

China in the World Disorder

China has been working long and hard to join the ranks of the world’s leading economies. But the United States in particular has worked just as hard to keep China out of the club. The upheaval wrought by the pandemic and the Trump era promises to fester, even with a change in the White House. The path through these geopolitical tensions will not be peaceful.

Esteban Mercatante

July 29, 2020

Donald Trump and Joe Biden Are Trying to Out-Do Each Other with Anti-Chinese Chauvinism

The two candidates for the presidential elections have more in common than they would like to admit — and not just accusations of sexual assault. They both are calling for a harder line against China.

Nathaniel Flakin

May 29, 2020

United States – China: Toward a New Cold War?

China is preparing to vote on a new national security law it hopes will quell the protests in Hong Kong, sending a message to a U.S.-backed Taiwan. Meanwhile, economic and political tensions between the two powers are intensifying amidst the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis.

Claudia Cinatti

May 25, 2020