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In her groundbreaking reporting from Iraq, Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of the 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 disaster were being hit again, this time with economic “shock therapy,” losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers.

 

In Disaster Capitalism, Klein explores the deeply-rooted impulse to erase what is inconvenient and start over from scratch. This journey takes her back to two formative experiments in the 1950s, both funded by the U.S. government. One was a covert university research project in Montreal that blanked the minds of psychiatric patients through sensory deprivation and electroshock—and became the foundation of torture techniques from Pinochet’s Chile to Guantánamo Bay.  The other was a program at the University of Chicago that turned its economics department into a factory for developing world politicians. Under the tutelage of Milton Friedman, students learned that their countries could be remade as laissez-faire utopias—but first what was there needed to be wiped clean. Tracing the imposition of these ideas in the decades since, Klein explodes the myth that the global “free market” triumphed peacefully and democratically. Instead, she argues, it has consistently relied on violence and shock, resulting in 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

Synopsis:

The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global “free market” has exploited crises and shock for three decades from Chile to Iraq

Synopsis:

In her ground-breaking reporting 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 the Author

Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestseller No Logo and the essay collection Fences and Windows. An internationally syndicated columnist, with Avi Lewis she co-created the documentary film The Take.

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Patricia Rogero, September 18, 2007 (view all comments by Patricia Rogero)
Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" may well be one of the most important books of our time.
The book draws disturbing parallels among Sri Lanka following the tsunami, post-Katrina New Orleans and Iraq.
She makes the case that free-market doctrine is, in reality, "disaster capitalism." Klein examines the push of free marketers such as Milton Friedman and his disciples to get rid of that which exists and start over from scratch when selling free-market economics in the third world.
This book delineates two 1950s experimental laboratories funded by the U.S. government. One was a secret research project at McGill University in Montreal that erased the memories of psychiatric patients through sensory deprivation and electroshock. This experiement was the foundation of torture practices in Augusto Pinochet’s Chile (with the help of the CIA) and in Guantanamo Bay.
The other experiment, a program at the University of Chicago, turned its economics department into an assembly line for politicians from around the world.
Under Friedman, foreign exchange students were taught that their countries could be recast as free-market utopias once the existing order was wiped out. Klein makes the case that the free-market and democracy going hand-in hand is myth.
She convincingly poses the thesis that free market capitalism relies on disaster and crisis everywhere from the Middle East and Eastern Europe to Russia and elsewhere. It is not the result of the peaceful persuasion of myth.
Disaster capitalism, Klein argues, uses catastrophies and chaos to promote privatization which then turns into thriving new economies and is the result of experiments hatched more than 50 years ago.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9781427200884
Subtitle:
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Publisher:
Macmillan Audio
Read by:
Wiltsie, Jennifer
Read:
Wiltsie, Jennifer
Author:
Wiltsie, Jennifer
Author:
Klein, Naomi
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Free Enterprise
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
POL033000
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Audiobooks
Subject:
Politics - General
Edition Number:
Abridged
Edition Description:
Abridged
Abridged:
Y
Publication Date:
20070918
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 Cd, 9 hours
Dimensions:
5.87 x 6.41 x 1.07 in
Media Run Time:
540

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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
"Synopsis" by ,
The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global “free market” has exploited crises and shock for three decades from Chile to Iraq
"Synopsis" by ,
In her ground-breaking reporting 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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