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The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster CapitalismIn her ground breaking reporting from Ira Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called it disaster capitalism Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami and 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. There is a part of me that would like to make this review a bit funny This is a deeply disturbing book I’ve a preference for humour as a means of confronting the deeply disturbing But I can’t bring myself to say anything remotely funny about this bookKlein compares some psychological experiments torture by any reasonable definition of the word carried out in the 1950s in Canada funded by the CIA off US soil so they could plausibly deny they were researching torture in which patients were blasted back to virtually a blank slate by sensory depravation and electric shock treatment to US foreign policy in countries such as Chile in the 1970s and Ira todayIf you had forgotten just how evil unconstrained capitalism is – it is time to read this book If you are concerned that the world seems to believe democracy free markets – it is time to read this bookFor two decades it has been abundantly clear that the greatest danger facing the world is the ideology that likes to call itself Economic Rationalism but is better described as Radical Free Market Economics This is the view that any restraint placed on the free operation of the market – from fixing minimum wages to environmental standards to health and safety controls in the workplace – are by definition wrong and counterproductive This view states that governments are by definition wasteful and unnecessary This view is an attempt at justifying unmitigated greed as if it was a universal good It is about destroying all vestiges of democracy and God knows those vestiges are today meagre indeed in our society and handing over all power to corporations If you are not troubled by the shift in power in the world away from governments elected by the people for the people to corporations created out of greed for greed – then you really need to turn off American Idol and start looking around yourselfKlein takes a series of increasingly distressing ‘case studies’ in which ever purer forms of radical free market economics are applied in times of crisis across the world – invariably with devastatingly negative results invariably the opposite of what is predicted by the neo liberals She points out that without a crisis such as 911 or Katrina or the War in Ira – such policies would never be allowed to be implemented But come a crisis people are so shocked by what has just happened to them that they are prepared to forgo their democratic rights so things can be ‘fixed’ The problem is that these bastards don’t want anything fixed They want to apply shocks because that is the only way they can get rid of democratic structures that stand in the way of them handing over the wealth of our nations to themselves The Corporate raping of Ira as depicted in this book is only slightly less shocking than the Corporate raping of New Orleans Perhaps I found the stuff about New Orleans shocking because it was Americans doing this sort of thing to their own people I know I’m naïveThe descriptions of torture in the book are too much to take I’ve never been able to distance myself enough from the victims of torture to be objective about it I believe it is the core of the democratic spirit – the notion that the sufferers of torture are our brothers and sisters and the perpetrators of torture reuire justice to be enacted against them – that immediately has me siding with the tortured We have a moral responsibility to stop our government from using our tax dollars to torture people If morality means anything at all – this is the minimum it can meanKlein documents that the torture used throughout the world by US client states has a long history going back to experiments done in the 1950s in Canada and have clearly become part of US foreign policy If we are to be on the side of democracy then we must force our governments to stop using torture against the citizens of other countries Particularly when these citizens are asking for what should be granted to them immediately – the right to reclaim the benefit of their own natural resources from foreign owned corporationsThere are so many lessons in this book but the major one is that if people stand up against these greedy lunatics then we can stop them We can reclaim our dignity and redistribute some of what has plundered from us The criminal waste of tax dollars by these corporations in both Ira and New Orleans is almost beyond description In the book Ira is at one point referred to as the Free Fraud ZoneThe world we live in today is increasingly becoming divided between those who have and are kept secure behind walled suburbs and those who have not and are forced to live without the basic necessities of life We need to understand that my security is enhanced by making the world safer for you That life isn’t about who ends up with the most stuff they don’t need or the biggest bank account or the fastest car but that we are social animals and so what is good for all is also what is good for usAs I said this is a deeply disturbing book – but also an incredibly important one

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READ & DOWNLOAD ☆ The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Ç In her ground breaking reporting from Ira Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called it disaster capitalism Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of thLand 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 so many parts of the world from Latin America and Eastern Europe. This is an ambitious book It tries to tie the economic politics of Chile Argentina Bolivia in the 1970s Russia Poland China South Africa in the 1980s and early nineties the war in Ira the tsunami and hurricane Katrina into a unified theory Obviously certain investigative and interpretive biases are reuired to make this work Third world nationalism and developmentalism in general get off pretty easy in Klein's analysis As a specialist in Indonesia I found her portrayal of the Suharto regime as a betrayal of the somehow viable Sukarno regime a bit evasive let us not foget that Sukarno was also an ideologue who ran the nation's economy into the ground in the name of fighting neo colonialism Making me wonder just how she'd cooked the books in analyzing numerous other countries whose histories I don't know so wellThat said it offers a very provocative perspective tying together some of the most significant events of the past uarter century The thesis simply put is that the economic theory championed by Milton Friedman and his Chicago School first play tested in the third world in the 1970s has increasingly come home to roost in the West and Bush's America The gist of the theory according to Klein is a total rejection of Keynesian economics ie the New Deal approach to combatting recession through government spending In contrast the three guiding principles of the Chicago School are deregulation privatization and cutbacks Sound familiar yet Transferriing as much of the public sector as possible to the private sector eliminating government regulations of business cutting back on services protections and other economic benefits to the workforce The problem as Friedman and his disciples realized early on is that voting citizens don't actually want any of this and will not vote for neoliberal policies through any normal free democratic process The solution Make democracy abnormal Through shock and awe Wait for or instigate a state of crisis and emergency ie war natural disaster mass torture revolution and then implement neoliberal policies outside or in many cases in direct contradiction to democratic will However as we have discovered most recently in Ira such tactics don't tend to settle down into widespread prosperity for ordinary people Rather neoliberal governments find that if they let democracy operate normally again they lose power Which is why the United States ended up supporting so many dictators In the name of spreading free market democracyThere are some sharp notions in this book I'm particularly taken with Klein's generalization of Red ZoneGreen Zone to talk about zones of normalcy and nightmare created by neoliberal policies from Ira to post tsunami Sri Lanka to New Orleans She also offers a persuasive refutation of the claim that we the US did the Marshall Plan in Europe but when we tried it in Ira Arab Muslims just couldn't handle it Rather while the Marshall Plan was rooted in Keynesian economics we rebuilt Europe's governments and public infrastructure reconstruction in Ira has been an anti Marshall plan dismantling the Irai state and contracting all its functions to US corporationsThe REAL problem of this book is how to present arguments like these to anyone who doesn't already concsider themselves anti globalization liberals I think that any intelligent person who has read Thomas Friedman and found his arguments somewhat persuasive should read this book too and decide what sounds most persuasive for themselves Unfortunately I think most people will look at the jacket cover endorsements from Howard Zinn Studs Terkel et al and make a snap call for the usual ideological reasonsTHAT is not good for America

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To South Africa Russia and Ira 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 By capitalizing on crises created by nature or war Klein argues that 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 fifty years. spoilers ahead but it's not fiction so don't worry about itWhere do I begin This is a failed Noam Chomsky bookFirstly Klein is working with a strange definition of capitalism When the free market economists who Klein refers to like Friedman and Hayek talk about capitalism they are referring to an economic system free of government intervention Klein however uses the word capitalist to refer to the current economic model– one in which governments and corporations work in tandem to exploit the general population Edit I realize that capitalism has multiple definitions but the problem is that Klein uses a different definition from the economists she is criticizing which makes her entire criticism seem like an assault upon a strawman Klein has essentially built a book around conflating capitalism with corporatism This is fairly subtle in the first chapter but reaches a point of real absurdity towards the end of the book There is a clear distinction between the policies advocated by HayekFriedman and George W Bush Klein purposefully obfuscates thisThe Shock Docterine starts out criticizing Milton Friedman for his activities in Chile This is at least understandable because Friedman did in fact visit Chile and advise Piñochet However this is or less where the facts begin and end She soon moves on to dubious claims for instance blaming Friedman and his acolytes for the Ira war in particular a war he expressly opposed and the military industrial complex in general It should be obvious to any reader that this sort of alliance between business and government has little to do with free markets private property rights or capitalism as defined by Chicago or Austrian school economistsBy the end of the book she really goes bonkers She details the plight of several Sri Lankan fishing communities Here is the story as she presents it A hurricane hits Sri Lanka destroying many coastal settlements Hotel companies see an opportunity decide to take possession of the coastal property which has been conveniently cleared of all those pesky villages The hotel companies move in and take possession of the beaches When the villagers protest the government police force defends the newly acuired beaches on behalf of the hotels using violence The villagers are reduced to living in poverty and sualor because their land was stolen from them by the alliance of hotel companies and governmentIn summary The hotel companies used the government to steal the private property of the fishing communities And this is supposed to be an example of free market practices that Hayek and Friedman would approve of See the issue I'm havingA modified version of this book would actually make for an apt criticism of corporatism which is why I was tempted to give this book two stars However the problem here is far deeper than a confusion of terms She actually ascribes neo Conservative ideas to Libertarian or Classical Liberal thinkers The Shock Doctrine is essentially the strawman from hellAnd for that it earns 1 star