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The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
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Dec 15, 08

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Read in December, 2008

This is a book that everyone should read. It's opened my eyes and made me question a lot of my assumptions about the way the world works. Klein gave me a better context for understanding politics, economics, development/redevelopment, and globalization while simultaneously making me hopeful and fearful for the future.
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Naomi Klein
“When it comes to paying contractors, the sky is the limit; when it comes to financing the basic functions of the state, the coffers are empty.”
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Naomi Klein
“The American Society of Civil Engineers said in 2007 that the U.S. had fallen so far behind in maintaining its public infrastructure -- roads, bridges, schools, dams -- that it would take more than a trillion and half dollars over five years to bring it back up to standard. Instead, these types of expenditures are being cut back. At the same time, public infrastructure around the world is facing unprecedented stress, with hurricanes, cyclones, floods and forest fires all increasing in frequency and intensity. It's easy to imagine a future in which growing numbers of cities have their frail and long-neglected infrastructures knocked out by disasters and then are left to rot, their core services never repaired or rehabilitated. The well-off, meanwhile, will withdraw into gated communities, their needs met by privatized providers. ”
Naomi Klein, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism


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11/09/2008 page 297
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12/13/2008 page 458
65.34% "It just keeps getting better..."
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Sonia Reppe Sounds awesomely boring:)


Anna It's very interesting.


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