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The Shock Doctrine: 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.

Synopsis:

In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."

About the Author

NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called “a movement bible” by The New York Times. She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper’s Magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws degree from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.

Table of Contents

Introduction : Blank is beautiful: three decades of erasing and remaking the world — Part 1. Two doctor shocks: research and development : The torture lab: Ewen Cameron, the CIA and the maniacal quest to erase and remake the human mind — The other doctor shock: Milton Friedman and the search for a Laissez-Faire laboratory — Part 2. The first test: birth pangs : States of shock: the blood birth of the counterrevolution — Cleaning the slate: terror does its work — "Entirely unrelated": how an ideology was cleansed of its crimes — Part 3. Surviving democracy: bombs made of laws : Saved by a war: Thatcherism and its useful enemies — The new doctor shock: economic warfare replaces dictatorship — Crisis works: the packaging of shock therapy — Part 4. Lost in transition: while we wept, while we trembled, while we danced : Slamming the door on history: a crisis in Poland, a massacre in China — Democracy born in chains: South Africa's constricted freedom — Bonfire of a young democracy: Russia chooses "the Pinochet option" — The capitalist id: Russia and the new era of the boor — Let it burn: the looting of Asia and "the fall of a second Berlin wall" — Part 5. Shocking times: the rise of the disaster capitalism complex : Shock therapy in the U.S.A.: the Homeland Security bubble — A corporatist state: removing the revolving door, putting in an archway — Part 6. Iraq, full circle: overshock : Erasing Iraq: in search of a "model" for the Middle East — Ideological blowback: a very capitalist disaster — Full circle: from blank slate to scorched earth — Part 7. The movable green zone: buffer zones and blast walls — Blanking the beach: "the second tsunami" — Disaster apartheid: a world of green zones and red zones — Losing the peace incentive: Israel as warning — Conclusion: Shock wears off: the rise of people's reconstruction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781429919487
Subtitle:
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Publisher:
Picador
Author:
Naomi Klein
Author:
Klein, Naomi
Subject:
POL033000
Subject:
Economic Conditions
Subject:
Free Enterprise
Subject:
Economic History
Subject:
Government & Business
Subject:
Capitalism
Subject:
Financial crises
Subject:
Audio Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Audio Books-Politics
Subject:
Current Affairs-General
Subject:
Economics-Global Economics
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
Politics | International Studies
Subject:
Sale Books-Nonfiction
Subject:
Western Civilization-21st Century
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Modern - 21st Century
Subject:
Globalization
Subject:
Business Writing
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080624
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
701

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"Synopsis" by , In this groundbreaking alternative history of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution, Naomi Klein challenges the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, Klein shows how Friedman and his followers have repeatedly harnessed terrible shocks and violence to implement their radical policies. As John Gray wrote in The Guardian, "There are very few books that really help us understand the present. The Shock Doctrine is one of those books."
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