The Shock Doctrine of Naomi Klein

I have been quite intrigued by the discussion of Naomi Klein’s new book on  The Guardian. Somehow though it seems that my comments don’t have any impact at all on the discussions and questions are not answered. When Naomi Klein discussed China’s Tienanmen Square repression as the shocking event to introduce free market capitalism into China, nobody seems to take on the point that the fall of Communism and the end of the Cold War with the disintegration of the USSR fell into the same period as well.
When I remember 1999, I think of the one afternoon when a train full of Eastern Germans refugees from the (was it the West German or US) Embassy in Hungary travelled through the GDR to West Germany; and then the Monday demonstrations in Leipzig; and I was sitting in front of the telly in excitements and shudders, “I hope they don’t shoot.”
Half a year earlier was the Tienanmen  Square massacre; nobody at that point expected anything like the end of the cold war in half a year’s time, the present state of the world seemed to be fixed forever;  then the festivities of the 40th anniversary of the GDR, and then a total disintegration of the Cold War, the break-up of the  Iron Curtain;  and the break-down of the USSR.
I still remember that China was in discussion then to become basically the new favourite enemy of the US; it seems to me that at first some of the free market policies were also taken on to appease the US. And then more and more German firms were suddenly able to get huge deals in China; it seems the USSR couldn’t deliver anymore the dams, engineering, power plants, railways and trains, and whatever; my cousin worked at Siemens and he was frequently flying to China to sell them things and was incredibly happy with them doing increasingly huge deals for tricky construction works and similar.
So, I don’t think the Tienanmen Square Massacre, or whatever is its politically correct term, was pushed through or even used in order to introduce free market policies; I think it took place because the CCP wanted to crush the opposition.
And later on, after all the confusion in the USSR, they basically had to change their old economic policies and think about new ones.

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