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China Is not the Enemy - Neoliberalism Is


Commentary, June 2020 | Isabella Weber, Hao Qi, Zhongjin Li

>> Read article in Jacobin PERI's Isabella Weber, Zhongjin Li and Hao Qi propose that the enemy in this pandemic is not China but, instead, inequality and the logic of profit over people.
In “Giovanni Arrighi in Beijing:  Rethinking the Transformation of the Labor Supply in Rural China During the Reform Era,” Hao Qu and Zhongjin Li use a Marxian political economy perspective to analyze the formation of the reserve army of labor in China during the reform era, which began in 1978. Building from the work of Arrighi, and critiquing the highly influential Lewis model, Qu and Li show how the formation of an industrial reserve army in China has been an historical process in which the state has played an active role.

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