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. 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.
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A complete must-read for anyone who wants to have a chance of (partially) understanding the current geopolitical landscape Read full review
Review: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster CapitalismUser Review - Leah - Goodreads
This book was chilling, but I do not feel as if the author researched both sides of each situation she criticized. A well-rounded approach would have been appreciated considering the weight of the subject and her accusations. Read full review
INTRODUCTION Blank Is Beautiful Three Decades of Erasing and Remaking the World
PART 1 Two Doctor Shocks Research and Development
PART 2 The First Test Birth Pangs
PART 3 Surviving Democracy Bombs Made of Laws
PART 4 Lost in Transition While We Wept While We Trembled While We Danced
PART 5 Shocking Times The Rise of the Disaster Capitalism Complex
PART 6 Iraq Full Circle Overshock