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We Have Been Harmonized

Life in China's Surveillance State

by Kai Strittmatter

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We Have Been Harmonized by Kai  Strittmatter
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    Sep 2020, 368 pages
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    Oct 5, 2021, 320 pages

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A deep dive into the surveillance systems shoring up Chinese totalitarianism that serves as an urgent warning for Western readers.

You'd be forgiven if, while reading We Have Been Harmonized, you momentarily mistook it for a modernized reboot of George Orwell's 1984. If it weren't for the intermittent interviews with Chinese executives, since-deleted essays from disappeared academics and quotes from locked up journalists jarring you back to reality, you might be lost in a ludicrous dystopian yarn, bordering on preposterous.

We Have Been Harmonized is the scariest thing I have ever read, far scarier than science fiction. What differentiates this book from nonfiction about past totalitarian regimes is that this is happening — and globalizing — right now. After setting this book down, you realize that we are one totalitarian turn away from becoming trapped by our own technological advances. If the Chinese Communist Party gets its way, the systems of repression and control covered in this book will be ...

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