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An American Perspective from China : What Causes Revolutions?

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JANUARY 13, 2013








A surprising number of people in China have been writing and talking about “revolution”.




 First came word, in November, that China’s new leaders have been advising their colleagues to read Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic book on the French Revolution, L’Ancien Régime et la Révolution (The Old Regime and the Revolution), which subsequently has shot to the top of China’s best seller lists.



 Just this past week, Chinese scholar Zhao Dinxing, a sociology professor at the University of Chicago, felt the need to publish an article (in Chinese) laying out the reasons China won’t have a revolution (you can read an English summary here).

 Minxin Pei, on the other hand, thinks it will.



In the midst of this debate, I happened across an interesting set of passages in retired Harvard professor Richard Pipes’ slender volume Three “Whys” of the Russian Revolution


The first “why” he asks is “Why did Tsarism fall?”, an event that few saw coming:






If you read the Russian …

DOCKWORKER STRIKE A VIOLATION OF CONTRACT : BACK AT WORK IN NJ & NY

ILA’s Daggett ‘furious’ at NY-NJ port strike


Joseph Bonney, Senior Editor | Feb 01, 2016 12:56PM EST






ILA President Harold Daggett






Last Friday’s surprise dockworker strike at the Port of New York and New Jersey wasn’t instigated by any single International Longshoremen’s Association local and was not sanctioned by the union, ILA President Harold Daggett said Monday.





“I was furious that these guys walked out,”
Daggett told JOC.com.




Daggett angrily disputed JOC.com reports that the strike originated within the ILA’s mechanics Local 1804-1, which he headed for years and now is led by his son Dennis, the international union’s executive vice president.


“Everybody walked out together,”
the ILA president said. “It wasn’t just one local that did this.”



Daggett said he had no advance word of the strike, which began when ILA workers suddenly walked out of all terminals at 10 a.m. Friday, delaying thousands of pickups and deliveries and leaving some drayage drivers stranded inside terminals for hours.




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