ACCUMULATING PERIPHERALS


Belated May Day Post by mattsteinglass
May 3, 2007, 7:18 pm
Filed under: Development, Economics, Trade, Vietnam

Workers getting off their shifts at the Thang Long Industrial Park, outside Hanoi — home to Canon, Yamaha, Panasonic (building at left), et cetera.

.Thang Long IZ 1

Above shot taken from atop the Thang Long Bridge, also known as the USSR-Vietnam Friendship Bridge. This shot shows the monument at the start of the bridge, with the Panasonic factory in the background.

Viet-So Bridge

There’s not really much sense talking about this as an “irony”. It’s just the way things happened. In fact, lately I’m starting to feel the pendulum tipping the other way: that hammer and sickle is starting to feel like an unspoken recognition or guarantee, a tacit acknowledgment of a moral obligation mitigating the vast power those factory sheds represent. For all the murder and evil that was perpetrated under the red banner of “serp i molot”, it still stands in one sense for the idea that people are worth something other than the exchange value of their labor, that they are an end and not solely a means to creating cheaper laser printers and sneakers. The hammer and sickle standing sentinel over the fortresses of Canon and Panasonic is no more ironic than the cross gazing down on the bastions of Louis XIV’s Louvre, and it ought to speak the same message: o ye mighty, repent.

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