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Oliver

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  • The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

    • ABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Naomi Klein
    • Narrated By Jennifer Wiltsie
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    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.

    Nika says: "You can't be neutral..."
    "Insightful and thought provoking"
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    Klein gives the reader a lens through which the world looks strikingly different and in an eerie way makes sense. Her analysis of free market economics and its role in the brutal transformation of nations certainly has its biases. Critics will parse details to finesse deniability, but her over arching paradigm has the ring of truth. As you read reality races towards you from all quarters screaming, “Yes! Yes! Yes!” Privatization, globalization and the dawning of a world suffocating on terror, staggering from one disaster to another, is the undeniable backdrop of our present reality. Klein shows how these have become the engine driving social disparities of a feudal order. She also makes a strong case for the self-perpetuating nature of these forces. Disasters are incredible opportunities for coporatists to make enormous profits with public money. Corporations fund politicians. Therefore disasters continue because there is no political will to attempt to prevent them. The people - the ordinary working class people - suffer. The rich get richer. The world becomes less safe. Fear fumigates the very air we breathe. What’s worse the free market push for privatization has begun to hollow out the public infrastructure. And the private sector has in essence scammed the people’s treasuries. Klein’s detailed examples and cogent, logical progression draws the reader in. Her matter-of-fact, straightforward style is like a breath of fresh air. The Shock Doctrine is a stunning read!

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