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Tiananmen redux

The hard truth about the expanded neoliberal world order

Johan Lagerkvist

This book contends that the massacre of civilians in Beijing on June Fourth 1989 was a pivotal rupture in both Chinese and world history. If not for that day, China’s socioeconomic, political and cultural landscape would not have undergone the kind of dramatic transformation that has made China rich but unequal, open but hyper-nationalist, moralistic but immoral and unhappy. Through the lens of global history the book revisits the drama of Tiananmen and demonstrates how it unfolded, ended, and ultimately how that ending – in a consensus of forgetting – came to shape the world of the 21 st century. It offers a theorization on the inclusion of China into global capitalism and argues that the planetary project of neoliberalism has been prolonged by China’s market reforms. This has resulted in an ongoing convergence of economic and authoritarian political practices that transcend otherwise contrasting political systems. With China’s growing global influence, the late leader Deng Xiaoping’s statement that «development is a hard truth» increasingly conveys the logic of our contemporary world.

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ACFTU (All-China Federation of Trade Unions), 206, 307 Ai Weiwei, 316 Algerian War, 191–92 Anderson, Benedict, 230–31 Anderson, Perry, 13, 309 anti-Japanese May Fourth Movement, see May Fourth Movement (1919) “Anti-Rightist Campaign”, 33, 190 anti-universalism, 212 arms embargoes, 155, 174 art students, 139–40, 141–42 Asian Development Bank, 88, 89–90 Assange, Julian, 298, 299, 300 associations, 215 authoritarian capitalism, 24, 235, 248, 253, 284, 288, 310–11, 312; see also capitalism; state capitalism authoritarian liberalism, 275–76, 283 authoritarianism, 22, 208, 281, 312–13, 314 Autonomous Federation of Students, see Students’ Autonomous Federation Autonomous Workers’ Union, 106, 142, 145, 148, 201 Bauman, Zygmunt, 274, 275 Beida Preparatory Committee, 50–52, 53–54, 55, 93, 99 Beijing, 93–97, 98, 159 Beijing Coma (Ma Jian), 185–87 Beijing massacre (1989), 21, 22, 23, 145–55, 160, 182–83, 189, 194–95, 234, 244, 263; see also June Fourth (1989) Beijing University, 34–35, 36–37, 38, 54, 57, 62, 66–67, 99 Berlin Wall, 237, 263–64, 282, 284, 288, 289–90, 301 Bloomberg News, 177, 246, 247 Bo Yibo, 36, 79, 82, 118 bourgeois liberalism, 86, 92, 121 Bush, George Sr., 17, 173, 174, 175 Cameron, David, 13, 233, 277– 79, 280, 293, 295, 301 Capital Iron and Steel, 137 capitalism, 18–19, 201, 224, 228–29, 241, 250–53, 254– 55, 284; see also authoritarian capitalism; state capitalism capitalist market society, 230, 237, 306–7 CCTV (China Central Televi- sion), 75, 92, 109, 110, 111...

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