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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism | [Naomi Klein]

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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.
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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.

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 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 50 years.

©2007 Naomi Klein; (P)2007 Audio Renaissance, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishers LLC

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    Janet United States 11-05-12
    Janet United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Shock Doctrine in three words, what would they be?

    Relevent, gripping, important


    What did you like best about this story?

    The facts.


    What about Jennifer Wiltsie’s performance did you like?

    She was good.


    If you could give The Shock Doctrine a new subtitle, what would it be?

    It doesn't need a new subtitle.


    Any additional comments?

    If we don't learn from this, we (the 99%) are doomed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-10-12
    Darryl Cedar Rapids, IA, United States 09-10-12 Member Since 2005
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    This is an excellent book even though it's abridged which I normally wouldn't listen to but on the other hand, by the time it's over I was so upset with our political system it may be just as well. Like many books of research etc. some of the things you discover are not pleasing. Everyone should listen to it and think seriously about what they see going on around them. You'll have to listen to something fun and light after this though.

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    A. Punjwani Dallas, TX 07-09-12
    A. Punjwani Dallas, TX 07-09-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Emotional - Yes! Factual - No!"
    Would you try another book from Naomi Klein and/or Jennifer Wiltsie?

    No.. An absolutely no.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Matt Taibbi


    Have you listened to any of Jennifer Wiltsie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Have no issues with the narrator. Its the half-baked facts I have a problem with


    Any additional comments?

    This is my 2nd review on Audible. I was forced to write both. The 1st one was about "The Asylum" because it was THAT good. And the 2nd review for the Shock Doctrine. The fictional facts and the half truth is shockingly bad.

    Folks, any time you have emotions flying high, you will get distorted facts. This book's high on emotions. Dont let my review stop you from buying this book and experiencing what I am talking about 1st hand. The book is so bad that you actually have to listen to it 1st hand to believe it.

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    HGC Orlando USA 06-25-12
    HGC Orlando USA 06-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    A well researched book which brings to light the serious pitfalls of Milton Friedman's work. I do not hold many of the same views or ideologies that Naomi Klein does but I applaud her for providing such a good critique of Friedman. Aside from the outrage and indignation which is present throughout (and clearly reveals a bias in the author's work) as well as some of the odd analogies to shock treatment, I found the book a great listen.

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    Benjamin cooperstown, NY, USA 06-05-12
    Benjamin cooperstown, NY, USA 06-05-12 Member Since 2007
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    What did you like best about The Shock Doctrine? What did you like least?

    This book i did find an interesting read, and entertaining. I read it sometime ago and found it leaving more questions than it answered. Her sloppy use of history leaves much to be desired. However its the false paradigm of this book that makes you regret investing your time. Are we to believe that the tragedy of governments seizing peoples property for mercantilism can only be solved by governments controlling our property for socialism? are we so naive? The choice as it has always been is between Capitalism and statism, force and coercion or voluntary trade. Not between who controls the coercive machine. No miss klien we are not so easily duped.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Naomi Klein again?

    yes


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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    Amazon Customer Central Point, OR 11-04-10
    Amazon Customer Central Point, OR 11-04-10 Member Since 2010

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    "THe Shock Doctrine"

    Some books don't work well with audio. This one does since it is easy to follow and well read. I found it interesting and informative even though her personal bias distorts the facts. I do have a problem with the way that facts are stretched and events are described overly negative or positive when it agrees with her thesis and political viewpoint. For example Allende didn't have a roaring success with his economic model (far from it) and her claim that Chile crashed and burned because of capitalism isn't accurate either. Also saying that pre-Thatcher Great Britain was economically better off than post-Thatcher is odd. Yes, terrible things were done and continue to be done through oppressive regimes and quick changes in economies are disastrous and this is true going from right to left or left to right. It is true that unregulated capitalism has its issues, but are we supposed to believe that communistic or socialistic systems don't have their issues? So the bottom line is, don't just take her word for her version of history, but there is plenty to learn from her book and it is informative in many ways.

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    "Like an unfunny Michael Moore Film"

    Super depressing and fact filled. I prefer to be oblivious.

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    Carol Boyne City, MI, USA 09-01-09
    Carol Boyne City, MI, USA 09-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    I tried very hard to listen to this dribble, but only could stand it for 45 minutes. The claims and connections were not connected and were not substantiated with any factual information that can be substantiated. It is one soft-minded author's opinions.

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