Lecture for a Chinese Delegation

I am going to give a talk to a Chinese delegation.  I have to write up the talk in advance for the participants to have a translation to read.

Any comments would be appreciated.






5 comments so far

  1. Manuel Barrera, PhD on

    Great comments, Michael. I’m sure you have thought of the impracticality to get an audience among Chinese officials (or unofficials) by speaking directly about “democracy”. I believe what you have written, if followed or even partially accepted, would result in a much needed basis for democratization through the building of infrastructure, protecting the environment, building economy through the uplift of all sectors of Chinese society. The adherence to and connection with Marxist economic principles, if only in broad strokes, is well placed making the growth in social relations as a focus of economic investment a framework for solving the big problems facing China (and the world as well). I wonder, however, if it might also be worth being prepared to speak of the role that China can play in influencing world economic policy through promoting “development” statehood in contrast to short-term profit-taking (great points on that portion of the comments btw). I say that because of the recent article shared on Marxmail regarding Chinese authorities signaling to the U.S. that they have no interest in being the “next Hegemon”. Something could be said about the strengths of the Chinese approach to planned economy being an exemplar; not being a Hegemon can mean that there is no need for Hegemons as much as signaling to the current Hegemon that one is not a threat.
    Thanks for sharing what you plan to say; it was greatly educational
    Manuel Barrera, PhD

  2. Arn Kawano on

    I assume the delegation will not be capitalist roaders since they have invited you to speak and not the Govemor, so they will be interested to hear your analysis of the cuurent state of the U.S. economy, the effect of the crisis on the condition of the working class and class struggle in the U.S., why the Left in the U.S. Is so disunited, anarchic, sectarian, and undisciplined and therefore unable to organize effective resistance against government neoliberal domestic and imperialist international policies and the prospects for positive development of the Left and socialist consciousness among the U.S. working class and its allies. In solidarity, Arn

  3. purple on

    Depends on who the audience is. Most Asian intellectuals already know about the development model and historic Chinese farming, perhaps they would want greater detail on the US, or even radical thought in the US – that which remains. Or , being in Chico, you could talk about US Ag, because there is a monumental struggle in China over the future of rural policy.

  4. Dennis Redmond on

    Good lecture, my only suggestions would be to point out that (1) further expansion of non-market institutions will be essential in realizing China’s innovation strategy, with especially beneficial effects on its new media and digital industries, c.f. Yochai Benkler’s “The Wealth of Networks”, and (2) there are two American industries which shows this strategy works: aerospace and biotech, both the recipients of vast public funding.

  5. mperelman on

    Thank you all for your comments.

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