The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism In her ground breaking reporting from Iraq Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called it disaster capi

In her ground breaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called it disaster capitalism Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, and New Orleans post Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar People still reeling from catastrophe wereIn her ground breaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called it disaster capitalism Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, and 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 By capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, Klein argues that 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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  1. Naomi Klein is an award winning journalist, syndicated columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the international bestsellers No Logo Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and This Changes Everything Capitalism vs the Climate She is a senior correspondent for The Intercept and her writing appears widely in such publications as The New York Times, Le Monde, The Guardian and The Nation, where she is a contributing editor Klein is a member of the board of directors for climate action group 350 and one of the organizers behind Canada s Leap Manifesto In November 2016 she was awarded Australia s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize for, according to the prize jury, inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality Her books have been translated into than thirty languages.

580 Reply to “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”

  1. There is a part of me that would like to make this review a bit funny This is a deeply disturbing book I ve a preference for humour as a means of confronting the deeply disturbing But I can t bring myself to say anything remotely funny about this book.Klein compares some psychological experiments torture by any reasonable definition of the word carried out in the 1950s in Canada funded by the CIA off US soil so they could plausibly deny they were researching torture in which patients were blaste [...]

  2. Using shock treatment as a metaphor, Klein analyzes the importance of economic dislocations and disasters to the success of Milton Friedman s free market philosophy This is an important book, and shows why the apparent stupidities of the Bush administration in Iraq and Katrina are actually deliberate measures designed to daze and demoralize people into accepting a radical free market agenda.

  3. The lucky get Kevlar, the rest get prayer beads This is a chilling, writhing outrage of a book A hideous, squealing beast of a book that cannot and should not be ignored.Klein has dropped the curtain on an ugly, malevolent Wizard When these kind of curtains drop, we never like what we see Like so many of these kinds of leftist exposes on conservatives, the Bush Administration, the neocons and their rabble, this book needn t have been written Orwell wrote it already But better than any other book [...]

  4. I only got about into this I don t like the shifty way Klein argues her points I felt like I was being propagandized rather than educated.Much of her main shock doctrine argument seems to be just sort of a tightly woven set of linguistic parallels that are meant to suggest causation Something like Hitler had the autobahn built The autobahn allowed drivers to finally race where they wanted to go Hitler crafted what he thought of as the final solution to a race problem So you see, highway systems [...]

  5. Everything under heaven is in utter chaos the situation is excellent MaoI read it once, and I couldn t believe it.I tried reading it again and I believe it even less.I want to, honestly And I feel as strongly as the author that The Shock Doctrine is changing the world But it runs in the face of all economics I have been taught and I find myself scorning and muttering alarmist to some of the provocative paragraphs Thesis The history of the contemporary free market was written in shocks Some of t [...]

  6. This is an ambitious book It tries to tie the economic politics of Chile, Argentina, Bolivia in the 1970s , Russia, Poland, China, South Africa in the 1980s and early nineties , the war in Iraq, the tsunami, and hurricane Katrina into a unified theory Obviously, certain investigative and interpretive biases are required to make this work Third world nationalism and developmentalism, in general, get off pretty easy in Klein s analysis As a specialist in Indonesia, I found her portrayal of the Suh [...]

  7. This was a very illuminating work about how chaotic situations are used, and sometimes created, as cover for the imposition of drastic economic and political reorganization in vulnerable economies The end product of these actions is a so called free market model as advocated by the Chicago School of Milton Friedman and his acolytes Examples used include Chile, China, Argentina, Bolivia, South Africa, Russia, among others The technique is for western financial powers to swoop in during a time of [...]

  8. The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein is the story of where and how capitalism is evolving in our society I first heard Klein last week as a guest on Bill Mahr s Real Time and I was pretty intrigued I followed that up with watching her TED Talk and a trip to my local library Klein is a writer, journalist, and film maker She writes a syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian, and covered the Iraq war for Harper s Her first book No Logo Taking Aim at the Brand B [...]

  9. I just finished The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein It came out months ago, and I would ve read it sooner had it not cost 45 dollars in Canada Much of the information meticulously detailed in the book was already available in Harper s Magazine and DemocracyNow , though never put together so throroughly She begins her book with a discussion of a canadian woman who endured several years of experimental psychiatric work under the authority of David Cameron, working in [...]

  10. One of the problems with Klein s bestselling jeremiad against the progressive global implementation of so called free market policies over the past four decades is her attempts to link them, as a calculated stratagem, to the unsavory experimentation conducted in the fifties and sixties, by the CIA and their associated medical personnel, with personality modification and torture techniques designed to harvest information from subjects after rendering them vulnerable through administering disorien [...]

  11. A very disturbing book indeed I can t decide whether I feel that her paranoia got out of control, or whether it is indeed a fair representation of US foreign policy over the last 30 40 years A lot of it rings true Though I hope that the links between torture and economic theory are not as clear as she paints them that was the part I had the hardest time swallowing Maybe we will learn now that the Neo Cons are going to lose control of the US.___________________________________I can t help thinki [...]

  12. spoilers ahead, but it s not fiction so don t worry about it Where do I begin This is a failed Noam Chomsky book.Firstly, Klein is working with a strange definition of capitalism When the free market economists who Klein refers to like Friedman and Hayek talk about capitalism they are referring to an economic system free of government intervention Klein however uses the word capitalist to refer to the current economic model one in which governments and corporations work in tandem to exploit the [...]

  13. As someone who used to consume nonfiction with the voracious appetite of a trucker at an Old Country Buffet, I find it odd and not a little unsettling that, since joining , a solid 95% of my reading material has come from the fiction side of the bookstore While this has definitely helped fill some dramatic gaps in my knowledge, it was with much relief that I tucked myself into Klein s The Shock Doctrine earlier this week I d attempted reading this in the heady afterglow of the election this past [...]

  14. I would seriously like to see every human on this planet read this book I can t think of any other book I would highly recommend today.The whole text was rich in the exposing of history and deep analysis I strongly encourage anyone reading it to stick through to the end The bulk of the book covers quite terrible things in the world, but the last chapter actually made me very hopeful and inspired.Utterly brilliant

  15. Because I m about 3 pages away from returning it to the library, I ve all but stopped reading this and a buddy has told me that there are only specific passages that are worth reading, so I ll go find them, instead It is so full of ad hominem, straw man, just because it was done by the GOP, free marketists, or people who liked Milton Friedman, so it MUST be bad arguments that I am wondering what it I am supposed to get out of what feels a lot like a left wing rant Klien hasn t actually argued an [...]

  16. Three recent articles in The Guardian are particularly interesting in the light of Naomi Klein s conclusions in this book On the one hand, Day of Wrath brings Russians on to the streets against Vladimir Putin bears out her thesis of citizen blowback against unrestrained capitalism So apparently does How China s internet generation broke the silence That article, however, goes on to note Many in the west see it as self evident that an increased flow of information will make officials accountable [...]

  17. There are many detailed and eloquent reviews of this book already however, I still feel like I have to write a review about this important book I ve wondered for years why the world is the way it is Why the rich get richer and the poor get poorer Why countries in Latin America and Africa are so poor and undeveloped Geez, South Africa, why can t you just get your s t together and be like America In fact, why can t all these countries be like us, what s wrong with them Well, ladies and gentlemen, [...]

  18. There is a kind of history that gets overlooked, that doesn t get taught in schools or universities aside from a fourth year optional course that no one bothers to take It s a history that is fundamental to understanding our world, both past and present and where the hell we re going It s a history that touches everyone, regardless of class, gender, race or age, but that slips out the back door before anyone thinks to call it to account, put it on trial and expose its heinous crimes I m talking [...]

  19. The Shock Doctrine describes how rich men rape poor countries while supposedly saving it It is a sickening read The book describes how Milton Friedman s economic theories work when put into practice by admirers such as the American Republican Party, and the second President George Bush Friedman s ideas have consistently produced failing States Iraq is one example the author discusses with plenty of evidence of how it is done outsource the war to private security firms and the following plan of n [...]

  20. The extremisms and fanatisms normally gets out the worst of the human being giving way to intolerance and many times physical elimination of those that dont share its ideas and by that giving way to mass murders and genocides.There are religion,racial and politic economic extermisms or fanatisms,In the 20 century there were several mass murders and genocides originated in this extremisms.The christian Armenian genocide was a religious genocide.The jews and gipsies genocide by the nazis was a rac [...]

  21. Dear Naomi Klein, I recently finished reading your latest book, The Shock Doctrine Your detailed account of the connections between neoliberal economic policy and the use of violent repression, the decline of welfare states, and the rise of corporatized war and disaster capitalism is compelling You thread together the recent histories of military brutality in the Southern Cone of South America, union busting in Margaret Thatcher s England, and the Tiananmen Square massacre in China Through these [...]

  22. Wow This and Eduardo Galeano s Open Veins of Latin America, which Klein cited frequently, are the two best books I ve read in years.What s amazing is that none of the historical or current events she covered were really new to me I read the papers, I m up on my Latin American history, and I d had a basic understanding of Chicago School ideology but she pointed out connections between them all that I hadn t seen before I felt her analogizes between economic shock therapy and torture practices wer [...]

  23. I m going to begin this review with the most important part Read this book I ve wanted to read this book for quite a while, being that I like to think I m not a complete political dumbass I know that George Dubya Bush s administration was corrupt and a disease ridden greed breeding ground I knew that Dick Cheney isn t to be trusted as far as a paraplegic could throw him, that Dubya himself is far from being the no brain borderline illiterate that he liked to play on TV, and is beyond devious And [...]

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