The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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Macmillan, Sep 18, 2007 - Business & Economics - 558 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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User 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

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User Review  - Miles - Goodreads

In late 2013, I had the good fortune to attend a talk given by Naomi Klein in my hometown. I didn't know much about her going into it, so I was more than a little surprised when she turned out to be ... Read full review

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Contents

TWO DOCTOR SHOCKS RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
21
THE TORTURE LAB EWEN CAMERON THE CIA AND THE MANIACAL QUEST TO ERASE AND REMAKE THE HUMAN MIND
23
THE OTHER DOCTOR SHOCK MILTON FRIEDMAN AND THE SEARCH FOR A LAISSEZFAIRE LABORATORY
47
THE FIRST TEST BIRTH PANGS
71
STATES OF SHOCK THE BLOODY BIRTH OF THE COUNTERREVOLUTION
73
CLEANING THE SLATE TERROR DOES ITS WORK
96
ENTIRELY UNRELATED HOW AN IDEOLOGY WAS CLEANSED OF ITS CRIMES
114
SURVIVING DEMOCRACY BOMBS MADE OF LAWS
127
THE CAPITALIST ID RUSSIA AND THE NEW ERA OF THE BOOR MARKET
244
LET IT BURN THE LOOTING OF ASIA AND THE FALL OF A SECOND BERLIN WALL
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SHOCKING TIMES THE RISE OF THE DISASTER CAPITALISM COMPLEX
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SHOCK THERAPY IN THE USA THE HOMELAND SECURITY BUBBLE
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A CORPORATIST STATE REMOVING THE REVOLVING DOOR PUTTING IN AN ARCHWAY
306
IRAQ FULL CIRCLE OVERSHOCK
321
ERASING IRAQ IN SEARCH OF A MODEL FOR THE MIDDLE EAST
323
IDEOLOGICAL BLOWBACK A VERY CAPITALIST DISASTER
339

SAVED BY A WAR THATCHERISM AND ITS USEFUL ENEMIES
129
THE NEW DOCTOR SHOCK ECONOMIC WARFARE REPLACES DICTATORSHIP
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CRISIS WORKS THE PACKAGING OF SHOCK THERAPY
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LOST IN TRANSITION WHILE WE WEPT WHILE WE TREMBLED WHILE WE DANCED
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SLAMMING THE DOOR ON HISTORY A CRISIS IN POLAND A MASSACRE IN CHINA
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DEMOCRACY BORN IN CHAINS SOUTH AFRICAS CONSTRICTED FREEDOM
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BONFIRE OF A YOUNG DEMOCRACY RUSSIA CHOOSES THE PINOCHET OPTION
216
FULL CIRCLE FROM BLANK SLATE TO SCORCHED EARTH
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THE MOVABLE GREEN ZONE BUFFER ZONES AND BLAST WALLS
381
BLANKING THE BEACH THE SECOND TSUNAMI
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DISASTER APARTHEID A WORLD OF GREEN ZONES AND RED ZONES
404
LOSING THE PEACE INCENTIVE ISRAEL AS WARNING
421
SHOCK WEARS OFF THE RISE OF PEOPLES RECONSTRUCTION
441
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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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