Panel Discussion - Saturday, April 7, 2018 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Center for Marxist Education, 550 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 (Steps away from the Red Line Central Square stop) Free & open to the public
China and US workers are inextricably linked by a political economy rife with contradictions. This roundtable will discuss recent events in China including the National People's Congress in March (Xi Jinping's plans for socialist development, and removing the presidency term limit) and the Trump tariffs, as well as US-China relations.
This panel discussion will also attempt to examine ways in which we, as working people in the US and other countries, can help advance the common interests of the working class in China, the US, and beyond. A central task of the unions in China is to protect workers in their workplaces -- protection very much affected by the condition of workers outside China.
The central task of the Communist Party -- before and after a revolution -- is to advance the common interests of the working class, which forms a single international class. There are contradictions between these tasks. Mechanisms must be developed to resolve these contradictions and 'make the best out of a bad situation'.
The unions and the Party -- in China and in countries where China is operating, including our unions and our Party -- need to weigh in and be heard. Contradictions between tasks must be addressed. The workers of the world need to know how, the reasoning behind adoption of a policy, how it will be implemented, and changed if necessary.
Although difficult, a failure to work together through these contradictions can set the stage for terrible defeats -- such as counter-revolution in the USSR, and weakening of the working class in general. Capitalism is in general crisis. This is a time for the working class to advance towards completing the transition socialism.