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
This is one of the best books I've had the pleasure to listen to. It is well written and very educational. I recommend to anyone.
I found it hard at times to decipher fact from the authors personal bias or spin. Worth reading but not great.
More relevant than ever, this amazingly crafted piece of work puts the pieces together of how Friedman's shock doctrine has served to remake our world and push one country after another into disaster. A powerful call for community action against exploitation by the state and big business!
I never read the print version, but the audio version was disturbing enough!
Not a book so much as a Documentary by Michael Moore; "Capitalism, A Love Story."
"How To Destroy Civilization!"
The Shock Doctrine is disturbing...because by now we can SEE the truth of it! Sadly most Americans will NOT see the truth staring them in the face.
This book outlines the ways that the large companies are taking over our country. The multinational companies are bankrupting countries and taking over. Is there any way that we can stop this and save our way of life. This book made me think. It frightened me for the future.
Relevent, gripping, important
She was good.
It doesn't need a new subtitle.
If we don't learn from this, we (the 99%) are doomed!
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.
another hammer slinger
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.
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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