Podcast: Tiananmen, Denialism and History (With Christopher Wong)

This is a conversation with Christopher Wong, a writer and researcher with Cool Zone Media whose essay “When communists crushed the international workers’ movement” for Lausan was the subject of this conversation. This is episode 89 of The Fire These Times podcast.


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Music by Tarabeat.


Topics Discussed:

  • The Tiananmen massacre in its historical context
  • The meaning of Tiananmen
  • How we remember Tiananmen and what we erase
  • The before and the after
  • The cost of denialism
  • Tiananmen/Syria comparisons
  • Occupying the squares vs occupying the factories
  • On class identities
  • How could it have been different?
  • Aesthetics and politics
  • Burying the past
  • On tankies

Recommended Books:

+ I recommended Anarchist Modernity: Cooperatism and Japanese-Russian Intellectual Relations in Modern Japan by Sho Konishi


If you like what I do, please consider supporting this project with only 1$ a month on Patreon or on BuyMeACoffee.com. You can also do so directly on PayPal if you prefer.

Patreon is for monthly, PayPal is for one-offs and BuyMeACoffee has both options.

You can follow on Twitter or Instagram @ firethesetimes too.

If you can’t donate anything, you can still support this project by sharing with your friends and leaving a review wherever you get your podcasts!

Music by Tarabeat.

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