Somewhere deep in the planning rooms where all this shit is decided, someone put up a chart with projected deaths (and what populations those deaths would be most concentrated in) next to a graph of expected GDP loss from a real lockdown. And you know which option they chose.
The fact is that most capitalist governments chose the eugenicist stealth "herd immunity" strategy with COVID because they knew it would mainly kill off people who are considered "unproductive" in capitalist society. And it's no surprise the US chose that path given its history.
When you start to piece all of this together, it starts to look more like a psyop to dissuade the public from demanding real and effective lockdown measures:
...And the rabid attacks on China's "Zero COVID" policy start to make a lot more sense.

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12 Jan
Since everyone is rightfully critiquing that Nation article, I want to talk about why it is so deceptive and misleading. Positioning the issue of US-China conflict as one of "two sides" of equal validity is ignorance at best and pro-empire propaganda at worst.
There is only one "side" of the "left" that has been consistently exposing the atrocity propaganda being peddled from the empire's media drones and ideological coattail riders.

The other "side" is playing the role of useful idiot for the empire and the rest are undecided.
That other side is backed up by the most sophisticated propaganda machine in the world, the culmination of generations of work by American fascism. Anyone who believes even a word of bullshit produced from this fascist apparatus about China is a tool and has no place on the left.
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7 Jan
One thing you can say about capitalism is that it has a way of creating new, ever more diabolical scams and asset bubbles. You would think the credit derivative debacle of the 00's would have been the peak, but now we have NFTs, crypto and blockchain lmao.
And now, before the hype train completely goes off the rails, the "metaverse" and fake virtual "real estate" is going to be the latest fraud to compound all the underlying frauds. It's fictitious capital all the way down!
Who is going to foot the bill once the rest of the world catches up to China and realizes that crypto mining is an overwhelming social/environmental ill? How many systems are going to be reduced to toxic waste from blockchain-inspired mania before it all collapses?
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23 Nov 21
The fundamental injustice with capitalism is the separation of the overwhelming majority of people (the working class) from control over the economic forces (both the means of production and the market) that dictate the better part of their lives. It is antidemocratic to its core
Socialism is about restoring and expanding the peoples' democratic control over the economic forces of society through state power+control combined with cooperative/more democratic economic structures. It's not just tinkering around the edges with reforms.
It is especially *not* just reformism via concessions from the capitalist class, on the contrary that power balance needs to be flipped such that whatever still exists of the capitalist class must play by the rules set by the people.
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22 Sep 21
Okay, I'll bite. I think the Evergrande crisis is a telling example of the limits and risks of China's subordinate capitalist sector, but because of China's two-tiered, state-led economy, the systemic risks are low and not comparable to capitalist economies. Some thoughts:
First, some background. Michael Roberts did an excellent post on Evergrande and what he thinks will happen, which I largely agree with. See:…
Remember that what made the housing crisis so severe in the US was the extreme obfuscation caused by the securitization of junk mortgages, inaccurate credit ratings and the subsequent compounding of risk through derivatives. This made the liquidity crisis severe.
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13 Jun 21
Lol Amnesty's latest report on Xinjiang notes in its methodology section (the only part that matters) that "nearly all" interviewees are being kept anonymous, making it impossible to independently verify their stories or validate their credibility, possible ulterior motives, etc.
This is the oldest trick in the human rights propaganda playbook, and it is used *extensively* in reports on places like the DPRK.
The report argues this is because of "risks" to people criticizing the government including "journalists." Their source for this claim about "journalists"? Radio Free Asia. Of course, you wouldn't know this "journalist" was from RFA unless you read the footnote (I wonder why?)
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4 Apr 21
You didn't use Western sources? Really? Let's see about that. In this video, Vaush cited the WSJ: (1/9) Image
The Jamestown Foundation, "a Washington, D.C.-based conservative defense policy think tank.[2] Founded in 1984 as a platform to support Soviet defectors" (2/9) Image
Business Insider, "an American financial and business news website founded in 2007. Since 2015, a majority stake in Business Insider's parent company Insider Inc. has been owned by the German publishing house Axel Springer." (3/9) Image
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