Our world is in trouble: exploding social inequality, a broken economy, climate catastrophe, and the rise of right-wing authoritarianism pose existential threats to civilization as we know it. And that was before the coronavirus struck.
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into bold relief what many of us already knew: capitalism, whether of the protectionist or the globalized variety, has failed. It cannot produce the medical supplies we need at prices we can afford, it cannot allocate them fairly or effectively, and it cannot coordinate a humane, global response to a global problem. Now more than ever, it is abundantly clear that real answers to the burning questions of the future must be democratic and socialist.
To combat the pandemic, solve the climate crisis, restructure the economy, and build a better future, the Left in all of its diversity must rediscover and reinvent internationalism—as both a political framework for understanding capitalism and a strategy to transform it. In this spirit, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung is launching "Global Crisis, Global Solidarity", a bi-weekly livestream on the first and third Wednesday of every month with guests from around the world discussing the current health crisis, but also its economic and political implications and the way forward for the international Left. Tune in and join the discussion!
Wednesday, 2 September, 15:00 CEST
Pandemic Politics in the People’s Republic
with Jan Turowski, Head of Office, Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung Beijing
Since the coronavirus first emerged in Wuhan, the Chinese government has been the subject of both glowing praise as well as harsh criticism. Yet eight months into the pandemic, it is undeniable that the Chinese approach has been singularly effective in containing its spread and minimizing economic fallout, particularly when compared to the situation in other large, populous countries like Brazil or India. This all comes at a time of tremendous change within China itself, growing international influence, and an escalating war of words with the US. We’ll be joined this week by Jan Turowski, Head of Office at the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung in Beijing, to discuss the Chinese response to the pandemic, the country’s position in world politics, and the state of “socialism with Chinese characteristics” seven decades after the founding of the People’s Republic.