Organizing Upgrade
Editor’s Note: Earlier this year, OrgUp editors Calvin Cheung-Miaw and Max Elbaum published an article at In These Times on U.S.-China relations. In it, Cheung-Miaw and Elbaum outlined their case for the left to prioritize the fight for a 180-degree turnaround in the U.S. stance toward China, demanding that diplomacy and negotiation replace trade wars and military encirclement. We […]
Ho-fung Hung
China's economic boom, from the 1990's all the way to the 2000's, was based on China's willingness to be a cooperative partner of the U.S. in the project of globalization. Wall Street, U.S. capital more generally, and the Jiang Zemin government made a deal in the 1990s. At the time of the State Owned Enterprise reforms in China, Wall Street firms were involved in the process of auditing companies and in privatization, eventually helping to throw many onto the New York and Hong Kong Stock exchanges. U.S. capital gained a lot of benefits from China's privatization and marketization process and at the same time the U.S. was opened up to China's exports. The U.S., in turn, helped China enter the WTO. This was a symbiotic relationship between U.S. and China in making the global economic order.
Max Elbaum
photo credit: AP/Ahn Young-joon By Calvin Cheung-Miaw and Max Elbaum   It twists, it turns, it bounces in unexpected directions. How do we make sense of Trump’s foreign policy? Is there a logic behind it or just a series of improvised presidential whims? In the past two years, we’ve seen a confusing mix of policy […]
Will Tanzman
  by Will Tanzman     For more than 15 years, Jerry Davis-El went back and forth between Cook County Jail, where he would be locked up while waiting for trail because he could not afford to post bail, and prison, where he would serve time after being pressured into plea deals. Davis-El was one […]
Ravi Ahmad
  OrganizingUpgrade is interviewing a number of leaders and members of Democratic Socialists of America over the next several months. DSA is the largest socialist organization in the U.S. and its members have a wide range of views. In this interview, National Political Committee member Ravi Ahmad reflects on what she’s learned from her involvement […]
Max Elbaum
  by Max Elbaum   A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) is the most vivid recounting yet published of young activists confronting U.S. racism and Washington’s empire in the 1970s and ’80s. If you want to get a taste of how Marxist analysis and organizational cohesion can unleash […]
Ellen David Friedman
By Ellen David Friedman In this short video, Ellen David Friedman reflects on the successes and long-term impacts of the Rainbow Coalition in Vermont.  She lays out the importance of the years of independent electoral organizing that had been undertaken in Vermont prior to the Rainbow Coalition and why it meant that the Vermont Coalition […]
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