Hong Kong: a failed palace coup by spoilt rich kids

Palace coup: when a disgruntled section of the ruling class attempts to seize power. This assumes that it no longer has power, but in the past used to have it.

I have drawn the term from Ernst Bloch and it describes very well what has been happening in Kong Kong. How so?

Let me begin with a certain Nathan Law, a leader of the protests, riots and violence in Hong Kong, who jetted off to Yale University while urging others to stay on the streets. Less than impressed, many young Chinese in Hong Kong began a series of takes on his brave act.

‘I go to Yale, you go to jail‘ is one.

‘Blockheads boycott lectures, but I must first go to class’ is another, as in the following:

Such elitism is always popular:

But underlying this effort by spoilt rich kids is the reality that Hong Kong’s moneyed elite has lost the power it once had. The cosy deal with British imperial governors, who never allowed street protests let alone any type of parliament, is over. Now there is a parliament, elections and way more free expression. So they are anxious and worried, as this article points out.

And who is out on the streets, waving US and British colonial era flags, calling on the UK to restore the colonial past, if not urging Donald Trump – believe it or not – to ‘liberate’ Hong Kong?

Spoilt rich kids and those they have duped. They are mightily annoyed they will not have the influence once enjoyed by their parents.

Problem is that it is not working, despite the deliberate misinformation being peddled in a small number of former colonial countries (known as the West). Most people in Hong Kong are singularly unimpressed, and as for the rest of the mainland, they can see right through it. As can most people outside the old colonial cabal.

Now, the Hong Kong government is in control and busy charting a way forward, and we can expect a spate of reforms to secure Hong Kong’s future and minimise the corrosive effects of Western liberalism. Meanwhile, it will need to learn to play second fiddle to nearby Shenzhen, which has been designated as a model socialist city to drive the economic powerhouse of the Pearl River delta.






6 thoughts on “Hong Kong: a failed palace coup by spoilt rich kids

  1. Dr. Boer,

    I found this comment on a Reddit forum that sums up the essence of the HK protests even better than what I said in my previous comment:

    “There is no misdirection going on, the protestors are middle class youth who want to protect their privileges. The “free market” of Hong Kong was only possible because of an elastic supply of labor from the mainland and access to Western export markets and imports of Western technology. Now that the mainland itself is replicating this experience, HK not only has to compete with China at the manufacturing end and increasingly at the financial end, it has to compete with Taiwain, South Korea, and Japan at the top end of the value chain, something it is hugely disadvantaged in because it does not have political sovereignty and has a much smaller population. The housing bubble and financial fraud are not examples of capitalist “greed,” they are the only profitable activities left.

    There’s simply no future for the middle class in HK, though a select few will get uber rich while the rest are slowly dissolved into the living standards of the Chinese working class (a process which will take decades but is inevitable). The American middle class senses its own class solidarity, this is not just an example of blind defense of imperialism, though that the Maoist dictum of “it is right to rebel” is the clarion of imperialism rather than the left at present is something the genuine left has really had trouble organizing around (why pragmatic Marcyism has accidentally become the vanguard of the American Marxist-Leninist left). It shows the utter exhaustion of the 60s-70s revolutionary wave and the slow and uneven birth pangs of the new finally revealing itself.”

    The working class of the industries that produce surplus value, who are largely immigrants, are nowhere to be seen. Once again, the left simply cannot accept the fact of imperialism and the political tactics of class suicide.”

    Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/communism/comments/cv40k0/hong_kongs_problem_isnt_china_or_communism_its/


    1. Thanks! The only point with which I disagree is the suggestion of reduction to the level of Chinese workers. The reality is that 850 million of them have been lifted out of poverty in the last 40 years, in what the Chinese calk the second great leap, to prosperity for all.

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