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1st of May in China. International workers day. Celebrating "the dictatorship of the proletariat"???

Oh no...This is modern China, Nanjing Rd., Shanghai. 1st of May is the biggest day for consumption, alongside Spring Festival and the National Day. The government has been promoting people to travel, shop and spend money during these days.
So instead of people using time to reflect on political conditions of inequality and exploitation (there are many in China), the people are numbed by a shopping craze. Many social scientists believe that the "consumer revolution" in modern China are dislocating pressure for political reforms (as long as people have more money to spend, they will not demand a plural leadership). Looking at the wild hoardes of consumers on the 1st of May in Nanjing Rd make me inclined to agree. No demonstrations, no "disorder" (music, speeches, beer drinking, discussions) - just the rush to secure objects that may symbolize new identities for the "new" Chinese consumers.

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