strikes and economic difficulties in South Korea have overturned one of the
bourgeoisie's arguments in its ideological campaign to refute marxism.
Disappointed by the end of the Japanese “miracle”, the bourgeoisie seized on
the considerable growth rates of the “Asian dragons” (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore) and the rise of new “tigers” (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia). Wasnt their prosperity the
“proof” that underdeveloped countries can quickly emerge out of poverty, and
that the credit for these successes lies with capitalism and its market laws?
And how many times have we been shown striking workers who carry on with their
work while wearing an armband to mark their discontent? The “devotion to the
interests of the company”, the “legendary discipline” of the south east Asian
workers has been presented to us by the bourgeoisie and its media as one of the
secrets of the economic success of these countries and as the living proof of
the emptiness of the marxist theory that class conflict is inevitable.