Klein makes the metaphor of shock treatment (psychological experiments, which are torture by the definition of the word), and compares it to the economic dislocations and disasters to the success of Friedman's free market philosophy. Already we knew that pain, applied correctly, will disorient people. Disoriented people don’t fight back, nor can they even quite understand what’s happening around them until they regain their footing. At least 4/5ths of the book are devoted to the history of "shocking" local and national movements into disorientation. Some of the shocks were manufactured (violent coups, international currency manipulation), some were hijacked revolutions (South Africa, Russia, Poland), and some were natural disasters (the Tsunami a few years back, New Orleans), but with always the same result: foreign companies buy up everything in sight, plunging already impoverished and disoriented people into further pain and poverty. I can't decide whether I feel that her paranoia got out of control, or whether it is indeed a fair representation of US foreign policy over the last 30-40 years. It rings true, but I would need to do more research before forming a more concrete opinion.
Super important interesting book that is well researched and well argued. Explains the trump playbook and allows us to see what his backers aim to achieve by breaking America.
While I do not disagree with the authors primary thesis it's telling is wholly one sided choosing to castigate right wing GOVT while totally ignoring similar tactics used by the left. Her words drip with sarcasm and her bias is painfully apparent. I would have preferred a more balanced telling of the shock doctrine by elites of all ideological backgrounds. She may disagree that examples exist from the other side of the political divide but I would say there is demonstrable proof that they do.
I am the stone that the builder refused
This is an interesting book. Overall it has the basic premise that people in our government and corporations have colluded to "Never let a tragedy go to waste". It tells the story of some of these ideological leaders in our economy that have extreme views that will stop at nothing to make them a self fulfilling prophecy. This includes torture, insider deals that are corrupt, and anti-humanitarian actions.
The Narration fits the book. Somewhat gloomy and dour.
It's worth a listen to whomever is interested in disaster economics.
incredibly relevant given our current political climate shock doctrine reveals the hidden drivers behind war profit and current public policy