The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
The bestselling author of "No Logo" shows how the global "free market" has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism." Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S.... show more
The bestselling author of "No Logo" shows how the global "free market" has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism." Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment," losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers. "The Shock Doctrine" retells the story of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free market economic revolution. In contrast to the popular 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 in so many parts of the world from Latin America and Eastern Europe to South Africa, Russia, and Iraq. At the core of disaster capitalism 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, and is the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for fifty years.
Publish date: September 4th 2007
Publisher: Knopf Canada
Pages no: 672
Edition language: English
, Political Science
I'm largely convinced by this book, though it does feel a bit thin overall, and more than once I found myself shying away from the alarmism that seems to run beneath it. Still, Klein has an awful lot of believable facts on her side; enough to paint the picture of a powerful group of people only too ...
What take me so long? It is my bad. This is a 5 stars book and a must read for those who want to understand how the system created poor, and how government could systematically oppressed and tortured unionists and activists under the guidance of Milton Friedman and his Chicago boys. This is a great ...
Klein spins an interesting yarn about the connection between capitalism, neoliberal politics and torture. Whether some of the details are true is up for discussion. Whether her thesis is an indictment of "disaster capitalism" or of plain old human nature is another big question.The connection betwee...
Brilliant!An exhaustive account of the dominating economic force over the past generation. Yes, we are bombarded about the wonders of 'Free-Trade' and 'Privatization' but 'Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism' is a formidable missing voice among the din of adulation.Anyone willing to sel...
Joins the dots between Iraq, Chile, CIA torture techniques and Milton Friedman free market capitalism.