Martin Wolf, of the Financial Times, reflects on the mixed but transformative legacy of Margaret Thatcher, and reminds us that a global perspective on Thatcherism/Reaganism/neoliberalism necessarily includes the point of view of China and other emerging regions, as well as the trans-Atlantic and trans-Channel worlds to which Britain belongs. Another veteran European journalist, Wolfgang Kaden of Der Spiegel, provides a similarly mixed review of the neoliberal world that Thatcher ushered into place.
As for the view from China, it is of perhaps little surprise that one of angles most emphasized is Thatcher’s role in facilitating the peaceful transfer of the former British colony of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. Meanwhile, as news of Thatcher’s death broke worldwide on Monday, the new Chinese premier, Xi Jinping, was meeting with Bill Gates and other global business dignitaries offering assurances of China’s commitment to an “open and fair market” of international trade.
Noah Berlatsky makes the case for un-censoring education. Books such as Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in revolutionary Iran, Persepolis, are so valuable precisely because they provoke thinking and discussion of controversial topics. Satrapi, by the way, has also told her story via an excellent animated film by the same name: