5 April, 2014
Socio-Economics on Two Wheels
Karl Marx once said “The more the division of labor and the application of machinery extend, the more does competition extend among the workers.” Marx is widely recognized for being the most notorious communist in history, as he spent the majority of his life living within the “red” curtain. His ideas of economics in relation to social class have become staples in the consideration and analysis of potential growth and economic evolution within a country. One of the best examples of this type of evolution is a country who like Marx, is notable for the color “red,” that is of course the country of China. China in contemporary terms is considered to be level with America, if not superior, in terms of both economic manufacturing and production. But China was not always as financially adept as it is now presently considered; the decisive boom came in the form of basic modernization that was represented in both industrialization and monetary competition. China’s economic revolution is sought and exemplified in clarity in the films China: A Century of Revolution and Beijing Bicycle. Both films clearly demonstrate China’s revolutionary transition from antiquation to modernization in terms of economics, social class, and ultimately opportunity.