Chinese Capitalism: Children Pay the Price

In China many working class parents have left their children while they seek work in the cities. Currently grandparents are taking care of the children. While we have capitalism to thank for these unfortunate conditions, we are also struck by acceptance of this condition among the children. One 13 year old says “It would be selfish of me to expect them to be here”. Additionally, the contrast is striking between these children and middle and upper middle class children in the U.S. for whom nothing their parents do is ever enough.

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About Bruce Lerro

Bruce Lerro has taught for 25 years as an adjunct college professor of psychology at Golden Gate University, Dominican University and Diablo Valley College. He has applied a Vygotskian socio-historical perspective to his five books: "From Earth-Spirits to Sky-Gods: the Socio-ecological Origins of Monotheism, Individualism and Hyper-Abstract Reasoning", "Power in Eden: The Emergence of Gender Hierarchies in the Ancient World" (co-authored with Christopher Chase-Dunn), "Social Change: Globalization from the Stone Age to the Present", "Lucifer's Labyrinth: Individualism, Hyper-Abstract Thinking and the Process of Becoming Civilized", and "The Magickal Enchantment of Materialism: Why Marxists Need Neopaganism". He is also a representational artist specializing in pen-and-ink drawings. Bruce is a libertarian communist and lives in Olympia, WA.

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