Kai Strittmatter


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We Have Been Harmonized: Li...

4.24 avg rating — 898 ratings — published 2018 — 19 editions
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Gebrauchsanweisung für China

3.76 avg rating — 97 ratings — published 2008 — 8 editions
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Gebrauchsanweisung für Ista...

4.04 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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China A to Z

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Chinas neue Macht

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Atmen einstellen, bitte! Pe...

3.67 avg rating — 3 ratings — published 2001 — 2 editions
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Vorwärts, Genossen! Chinesi...

liked it 3.00 avg rating — 1 rating — published 2003
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Chinas neue Macht: 33 Frage...

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“In a world where the distinction between truth and lies has been abolished, there are just facts and alternative. The dominant values are not morality and a sense of responsibility, but usefulness and profit. If you do see the truth, it will do you no good to tell it; in fact, it’s dangerous. Best of all is to acknowledge the lie as true and embrace it passionately—that’s what the fanatics do. But they will only ever be a very small group. The next best thing is deliberately to avoid learning the truth, to live a life of benumbed ignorance—and if you do happen upon the truth, keep quiet and pretend you haven’t. These two groups represent the majority of the population. Anyone who speaks the truth is either stupid or suicidal. The smart people in such a world are not the clear-sighted and wise; the smart people are the cunning and shrewd.”
Kai Strittmatter, We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

“The source of Xi’s power over his own ranks remains intimidation. And that is certainly effective in the short term: during his first term in office, Party functionaries all over the country were paralyzed with fear of the dreaded Central Commission for Discipline Inspection—one of the country’s most secretive and powerful organizations—and the suicide rate among CCP workers doubled. Between 2009 and 2016, according to a study by the Institute of Psychology at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, 243 Party officials took their own lives (140 jumped to their deaths, 44 hanged themselves, 26 took poison, 12 drowned themselves, and 6 slit their wrists).21 These figures are likely to fall short of the true number.”
Kai Strittmatter, We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

“After Mao’s death, the Communist Party grandees condemned the Cultural Revolution as “ten years of chaos”—but they quickly added that Mao had done the Motherland a great service, and his errors were trivial in comparison. The Party drew up a balance sheet and concluded that Mao had been “70 percent good and 30 percent bad.” The 30 percent part would include the 40 million people who died of starvation during the “Great Leap Forward” from 1958 to 1961—that devastating campaign in which Mao ordered every last peasant in every last village to melt down their tools and pots to provide steel. Mao wanted to “catch up with England and overtake America” by turning China into an industrial nation overnight. Eventually, China had no spades or shovels left, no ploughshares and no woks, and the result was one of the greatest famines in history.”
Kai Strittmatter, We Have Been Harmonized: Life in China's Surveillance State

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