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The Shock Doctrine Audiobook

The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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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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    Craig S Smith 05-26-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Another must read"

    What Rumsfeld and Cheney did to our world shocked me. They and their cronies must be held accountable, and warerboarded.

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    Kaleigh 04-19-17
    Kaleigh 04-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    ""The Lucky Get Kevlar, The Rest Get Prayer Beads""

    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.

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    Maude Standish 04-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Super important book to understand current events"

    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.

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    Jason Ian Anderson 04-02-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Intellectually dishonest"

    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.

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    Bruce H. 03-30-17
    Bruce H. 03-30-17 Member Since 2016
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    "a taser of truth....."

    a brilliant and succinct analysis of the abusive corporate policies that have run this planet for decades. and examples of those who have overcome.

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    Robert 03-30-17
    Robert 03-30-17 Member Since 2017
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    "brilliant"

    will be reading more work by this author. Klein has introduced many to the concept of disaster capitalism and it is important to have a firm understanding of it.

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    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 03-12-17
    Nathan OREM, UT, United States 03-12-17 Member Since 2017

    I am the stone that the builder refused

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    "Interesting book that seems mostly plausible"

    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.

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    Kristin Chow 02-22-17
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    "Required Reading (Listening)"

    In these perilous times, this book provides clarity regarding what is happening behind the current of world events, and how to forge a way forward.

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    John C. Sanders Oakland, Ca. USA 02-10-17
    John C. Sanders Oakland, Ca. USA 02-10-17 Member Since 2016

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    incredibly relevant given our current political climate shock doctrine reveals the hidden drivers behind war profit and current public policy

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    carmen salgado 11-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A little disappointed"

    Overall it was very good. However, I read the book and many parts were omitted.

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