the fire these times

55/Lessons from Workers’ Resistance in China (with Zhongjin Li & Eli Friedman)

This is a conversation with Zhongjin Li and Eli Friedman, co-editors of the book ‘China on Strike: Narratives of Workers’ Resistance‘, with the original Chinese edition edited by Hao Ren.

Through the story of Labor insurgency in China we go into the world of narratives and ideas. We explore the contrast between a government’s projected image, and its reality. My guests do an excellent job at exploring what is essentially impossible to do in an hour or so: modern China, or at least parts of it.

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This will be the last original episode of 2020. There will be one episode released next week which will be the edited version of the recent book I contributed to – ‘A Region in Revolt: Mapping the Recent Uprisings in North Africa and West Asia’ – and which examines the recent uprisings in Sudan, Algeria, Lebanon, Iran and Iraq.

I have a lot of exciting things planned for 2021 folks so stay tuned. If you enjoy this podcast please do share it with your friends and family, especially that annoying uncle of yours.

See you in 2021.

The Fire These Times is available on Apple Podcasts, Anchor, Breaker, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, Radio Public, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Castro and RSS.

Music by Tarabeat.

Key words: China; Labor; Capitalism; Chinese Communist Party; International Solidarity; Socialism; Strikes; Hong Kong; Leftwing politics; Working Class 

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