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The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
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Dec 16, 07

bookshelves: leftylucy
Recommended for: those who think capital=god=evolution

Klein provides trenchant analysis of the human costs of fundamentalist free-market privatization policies. She gives case after outrageous case.

This book is a valuable tool for understanding the politics and history of the last 50 years.

One aspect of the book I think especially timely is her analysis of torture as a state policy designed to intimidate populations resistant to neoliberal economic schemes. It makes anyone who uses that old "But what if you had a terrorist who knew where a bomb was, and it was going to go off in 5 minutes? Isn't torture OK then?" line look naive and/or misinformed.

For anyone involved in thinking about ways to transform global capitalism into something that doesn't generate greater poverty and destroy natural resources without limit, this book is essential.
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