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The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Naomi Klein

Metropolitan Books

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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Chapter 1 “I don’t talk to journalists anymore,” says the strained voice at the other end of the phone. And then a tiny window: “What do you want?”
I figure I have about twenty seconds to make my case, and it won’t be easy. How do I explain what I want from Gail Kastner, the journey that brought me to her?
The truth seems so bizarre: “I am writing a book about shock. About how countries are shocked—by wars, terror attacks, coups d’état and natural disasters. And then how they are shocked again—by corporations and politicians
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    Naomi talks to Rachel Maddow about how the Shock Doctrine applies to recent attacks on unions. March 8, 2011

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    Naomi discusses the attack on public-sector unions in Wisconsin with Chris Hayes on MSNBC. February 18, 2011

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    Naomi Klein debunks Bush's offshore drilling plan on Fox Business News' Happy Hour Program. July 17, 2008.

  • Naomi Klein Discusses Bank Bailouts on MSNBC

    Naomi Klein discusses the mortgage crisis and bank bailouts on MSNBC with David Shuster. September 12, 2008

  • Naomi Klein and Tavis, Part I

    Naomi Klein, bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, appeared on Tavis Smiley's show on June 27, 2008.

  • Naomi Klein and Tavis, Part II

    Naomi Klein, bestselling author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, appeared on Tavis Smiley's show on June 27, 2008.

  • Naomi Klein in conversation with Gael Garcia Bernal

    Naomi Klein discusses the narrative of colonialism with actor Gael Garcia Bernal.

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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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    The Shock Doctrine

    The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    Naomi Klein

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