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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism (2007)
by Naomi Klein
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Absolutely fascinating. You must read this book.
A foundation text for the 21st century revolution. One of my new faves.
Das sind also die sogenannten "westlichen Werte", die immer bemüht werden, wenn der Westen in die Schicksale anderer Länder eingreift. Erschütternd...
Incredibly informative. Klein covers the influence on capitalism the Chicago School of Business has from the 1950s (Milton Friedman), and weaves their privatization obsession with the help from Washington) to prop up pro-capitalist regimes through the Southern Cone, Poland, Russia, and Africa. Written in 2006, it's right on the money with where this obsession is heading.
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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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 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.
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An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.