, January 20, 2010
(view all comments by bob williams)
I am 67 years old and a former philosophy professor, and I think The Shock Doctrine is one of the most important book ever written. There.
I was one of those people who always tried to ascribe good motives to those in positions of authority however misguided I felt they were.
How embarrassing to say this after reading this fine work. It changed my way of eveluating and hence,my life.
Naomi Klein takes a wealth of facts, many of which we have heard, and puts them together in a narrative which makes them memorable and shocking in themselves when they are connected in her low key but relentless manner.
The total picture which results is explanatory of American actions on the world for the last 50 years.
A reader can open the book at any chapter and become outraged but also more comfortable as the underlying causes of what had seemed somewhat mysterious clarify as the story flows.
But, by starting at the beginning and taking this dense work 30 or so pages at a time, Klein dispels all doubt against her thesis that all but the discrete initial, brief disaster-events themselves(and sometimes even those) have been skillfully, cynically and with premeditation orchestrated to be of financial advantage to the forces of greed.
If anything might convince someone that many of our leaders are true sociopaths, it could be a careful reading of this true masterpiece.