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Dig: How China Escaped Shock Therapy w/ Isabella Weber

How China rejected neoliberal orthodoxy and became the new workshop of the world. Dan interviews economist Isabella Weber on her book How China Escaped Shock Therapy: The Market Reform Debate.

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