Following a successful discussion on the Chinese working class, the DSA SF Education Committee will be hosting a second event in the Conflict in China Discussion Series on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:30pm.
This session will feature a talk from Fabio Lanza, a professor of Modern Chinese history at the University of Arizona, in which he will compare the global Left’s responses to China in the 1960s and now.
This discussion series aims to give DSA members and the left an outlet for informed, substantive, comradely discussions on the complexities of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to create greater coherence within the org and continue to evaluate our positions amidst changing circumstances.
China has become an important issue for socialists today. At the most recent DSA national convention, the org updated its platform to, among other things, oppose US nationalism and all forms of US imperialism, “turn away from a new Cold War with China,” and encourage peaceful relations with the PRC to end climate change and COVID-19.
Comparing the Global Left’s Responses to China: The Long 1960s and Now
“In recent years, a sector of the US (and global) ‘left’ has embraced a set of pro-China positions, espousing the PRC not only as a bulwark to US imperialism and US hegemony, but also as a model of truly realized socialism. This talk will offer an analysis of such positions by comparing them with the other instance in which ‘China’ named a form of political activism worldwide, the long sixties and the parable of global Maoism.”