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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster…

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (original 2007; edition 2007)

by Naomi Klein

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Title:The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Authors:Naomi Klein
Info:Metropolitan Books (2007), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 576 pages
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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein (2007)

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This is an incredibly important book that connects a number of seemingly disparate events from the late 20th and early 21st centuries via an economic ideology underpinning them. I learned a hell of a lot about a bunch of historical events, in addition to the unifying narrative that Klein was drawing. The prose is refreshingly readable for a nonfiction book. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone else looking to understand what happened geopolitically in the last few decades and why right-wing economic policies appear to have gotten so popular worldwide. ( )
  lavaturtle | Dec 2, 2018 |
My brother was given acid and then bullied and then given about 30 shock treatments for depression while in the US army. I guess I won't send him this book wrapped in gold at Christmas.
  joannajuki | Dec 2, 2018 |
Absolutely fascinating. You must read this book. ( )
  bibliosk8er | Aug 16, 2018 |
This book is a thorough attack on the philosophy of Milton Friedman and the neo-liberals of the Chicago school. It begins with a before and after analysis of those cases, like Chile, claimed by the Chicago school as their proof-points pointing out the damage done by these Chicago reforms. The general public was left much worse off after the Chicago people had done their damage while a few rich elites and multi-nationals were able to exploit the resources of each country.

Her main thesis is even more severe. She explains that there is no way that the people in a country would willingly accept the "reforms" of the Chicago school and they must therefore be imposed using shock and awe tactics. Those tactics extend to torture and forced disappearances of dissidents.

She illustrates her point with numerous examples ranging from Latin America to Russia, SE Asia, Iraq and New Orleans after Katarina. After reading her analysis, the reader is left asking whether there are really any examples at all where this neo-liberalism has ever worked. With so many thoroughly described examples, the book is long but absorbing. It is also one a book that leaves the reader feeling outraged. ( )
  M_Clark | Apr 10, 2018 |
Wow this book is good. MKUltra, Pinochet, Poland, South Africa, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Iraq, New Orleans... Washington Consensus, IMF, World Band, Friedman, Chicago School...
This book has it all, is gripping and depressing, educational, even when you are already familiar with the material. Doesn't hurt to be reminded of the privatization / corporatization of the world, the ills that fare the poor and middle class, and the violence used to push these measures through. ( )
  weberam2 | Nov 24, 2017 |
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The Shock Doctrine shows in chilling detail how the free market has been backed up with violence over the last 30 years. I suspect it has stirred up a debate already.


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Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.
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Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine advances a truly unnerving argument: historically, while people were reeling from natural disasters, wars and economic upheavals, savvy politicians and industry leaders nefariously implemented policies that would never have passed during less muddled times. As Klein demonstrates, this reprehensible game of bait-and-switch isn't just some relic from the bad old days. It's alive and well in contemporary society, and coming soon to a disaster area near you.

"At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq'' civil war, a new law is unveiled that will allow Shell and BP to claim the country's vast oil reserves… Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly outsources the running of the 'War on Terror' to Halliburton and Blackwater… After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts… New Orleans residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be re-opened." Klein not only kicks butt, she names names, notably economist Milton Friedman and his radical Chicago School of the 1950s and 60s which she notes "produced many of the leading neo-conservative and neo-liberal thinkers whose influence is still profound in Washington today." Stand up and take a bow, Donald Rumsfeld.

There's little doubt Klein's book--which arrived to enormous attention and fanfare thanks to her previous missive, the best-selling No Logo, will stir the ire of the right and corporate America. It's also true that Klein's assertions are coherent, comprehensively researched and footnoted, and she makes a very credible case. Even if the world isn't going to hell in a hand-basket just yet, it's nice to know a sharp customer like Klein is bearing witness to the backroom machinations of government and industry in times of turmoil. --Kim Hughes

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Journalist Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism." Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka after the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed remarkably similar events: people still reeling were hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment," losing their land and homes to corporate makeovers. This book retells the story of Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution. In contrast to the myth of this movement's peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies. At its the core is the use of cataclysmic events to advance radical privatization combined with the privatization of the disaster response itself. Klein argues that by capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, the disaster capitalism complex now exists as a booming new economy, the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for fifty years.--From publisher description.… (more)

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