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 was the third book of hers I read. Yes I liked it, but maybe since it touches some stuff linked to my own history, for the first time I am left with the feeling she only enjoys showing the world how bad human beings can be. I would love to work with her, research and write a collection of engaging and compelling books that showcase what is happening right now that is changing the world and helping us become our highest future self as humanity.
Naomi, I will contact you to work on this project. You'll let me know if you are interested.
This book is one of the most disturbing I've ever read. I'm almost 60 years old and I lived through all of this, so to hear the history of Chile, Ewan Cameron, Katrina, Iraq, 9/11 reframed in this disaster capitalism theory context is almost too awful to bear. It is a book that I could only listen to in stages because my emotional reactions were so sharp. Jennifer Wiltsie is brilliant, and my new favorite narrator. Her calm delivery is perfect, and the way she'll turn a phrase or emphasize a particular thing demonstrates complete authority over the content. Very impressive. Whether you're a leftie or a conservative, this book will shock your senses. It is an important work of journalism and theory. A stunning repudiation of the trickle-down theory of economics we've been dealing with for the past 40 years.
The already disheartened or depressed.
This is both the most horrifying and frightening book I have ever read. It was by no means pleasurable. I listened to it, but in a year or so I intend to read a hard copy and explore it's footnotes and sources. I know much of the history, all except how and why the Oslo accord was destined to fail in Israel and how Israel has capitalized from its own disasters. But the connecting the dots from each hot spot back into the early 70s. Again this is not a pretty book, but it is a very important book. And I am going to be haunted from here on out, with a newly opened eye to the man made and natural disasters that roll through this earth with alarmingly increasing frequency. Protect your ballot boxes, Americans, you are disposable.
That the dots connect all the way back to the early 1970s.
Wiltsie sounds like a really nice doctor with excellent bedside manner, delivering the worst possible news in a very kindly voice. She understands that the topic itself was incredibly upsetting and that no extra drama is required to bring home the dire news she is delivering.
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.
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