The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2010 - Business & Economics - 576 pages
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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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inspiring yet overMarxist!

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There’s a fire raging in the underground caverns of the 21st century Homo Sapiens soul. Sweeping quickly through tunnels of doubt and around bends of confusion, past artificial boundaries of nation states and man-made laws, over hills of fallen empires and valleys full of rotting gold, it is searching…searching. Searching for that spark of Truth that will set it free. It knows…it…is…there. … Somewhere.
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Contents

INTRODUCTION Blank Is Beautiful Three Decades of Erasing and Remaking the World
3
PART 1 Two Doctor Shocks Research and Development
27
PART 2 The First Test Birth Pangs
89
PART 3 Surviving Democracy Bombs Made of Laws
161
PART 4 Lost in Transition While We Wept While We Trembled While We Danced
213
PART 5 Shocking Times The Rise of the Disaster Capitalism Complex
355
PART 6 Iraq Full Circle Overshock
409
PART 7 The Movable Green Zone Buffer Zones and Blast Walls
485
CONCLUSION Shock Wears Off The Rise of Peoples Reconstruction
560
Notes
591
Acknowledgments
667
Index
677
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Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestseller No Logo, which The Literary Review of Canada named one of the hundred most important Canadian books ever published. She is also the author of the essay collection Fences and Windows. With Avi Lewis, she co-created the documentary film The Take, which was an Official Selection of the Venice Biennale and won the Best Documentary Jury Prize at the American Film Institute's Film Festival in Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor for Harper's, a reporter for Rolling Stone, and writes a regular, internationally syndicated column. She has won the James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King's College, Nova Scotia. Born in Montreal, she now lives in Toronto.

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