The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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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.

 

About Naomi Klein

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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.
 
Published April 1, 2010 by Metropolitan Books. 724 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference. Non-fiction

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scientist is overdramatic and unconvincing, but for Klein the larger lessons are clear: “Countries are shocked — by wars, terror attacks, coups d’état and natural disasters.” Then “they are shocked again — by corporations and politicians who exploit the fear and disorientation of this first shock...

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein Penguin £25, pp560 Naomi Klein is confused.

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein 576pp, Allen Lane, £25 Over the past few decades, many of the ideas of the far left have found new homes on the right.

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BC Books

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This is a book about "economics, stupid," and not about whether you are on the left or the right.

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Unfortunately, it also feels at times like simply a primer for Klein’s book, and indeed, the film falls back often on footage of lectures delivered by Klein at various universities — these segments offer much-needed explication some of the time, but they also offer the distinct feeling that you m...

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It's Mr. Friedman's philosophies, and the manner in which they have been and are being implemented, that come under intense scrutiny in Naomi Klein's latest book published by Random House Canada through its Knoff Canada imprint, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise Of Disaster Capitalism The title refer...

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OpEdNews

Though the policy of world shock has always been at the fore of the ideals surrounding the Shock Doctrine, the fact that the Soviet Union and its satellite allies of the Eastern Bloc did not participate in the Bretton Woods Agreement, and were therefore ineligible for IMF and WB aid, prevented th...

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International Socialist Review

Under Duncan, Chicago took the lead in creating public schools run as military academies, vastly expanded draconian student expulsions, instituted sweeping surveillance practices, advocated a growing police presence in the schools, arbitrarily shut down entire schools, and fired entire school sta...

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Over nearly 600 pages of text, she traces the rise and implementation of neo-liberal economic ideology in many times and places: 1960s Indonesia under Suharto's coup and his allies in the Berkeley Mafia, in the Southern Cone in the 1970s and in particular in Pinochet's Chile, in Brazil, in Thatch...

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