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The Battle For Paradise

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,636 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Fearless necessary reporting . . . Klein exposes the 'battle of utopias' that is currently unfolding in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico - a battle that pits a pitilessly neoliberal plutocratic 'paradise' against a community movement with Puerto Rican sovereignty at its center." - Junot Diaz

"We are in a fight for our lives. Hurricanes Irma and Maria unmasked the colonialism we fa
Paperback, 88 pages
Published June 11th 2018 by Haymarket Books (first published June 5th 2018)
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Ryan Bell
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this book now! It’s only 80 pages long. Shock Doctrine is probably the most important book of the last decade and Naomi Klein one of the most important journalists. This essay documents the shock doctrine unfolding in Puerto Rico which pits a people’s movement for self-determination and long term sustainability against movement of tax-dodging plutocrats.
Leah Rachel von Essen
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
Naomi Klein’s The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists is an excellent, in-depth, and short introduction to Puerto Rico’s plight after Hurricane Maria.

It outlines in quick and direct language how the US’s colonialist policies and parasitic history with Puerto Rico set it up for disaster. Klein outlines the ways that after the disaster, the government and cryptocurrency bigwigs are taking advantage of Puerto Ricans’ struggle to survive by trying to push through new
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
Read this to get a good snippet of what's going on in PR and to get really mad ...more
Karla Strand
Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in September of 2017.

And despite Puerto Rico’s status as a territory of the United States, the US government has done embarrassingly little to assist the American citizens of this beautiful island.

While the absence of US assistance has been bad enough, there is a more malicious contingent at work. Naomi Klein takes aim at them – disaster capitalists – in her new book, The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists. In it, Klein makes
Sep 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Buy this for the cause it supports! It's basically an extended interview but it is crucial in presenting an alternative view on the current state of affairs in Puerto Rico. ...more
Jan 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: neoliberalism
On an audiobook kick.
Informative and short. A good primer.
Briar Wyatt
Oct 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Naomi Klein is one of the few writers that consistently make me cry with both sadness and hope in one text. The Battle For Paradise is no different. An extremely compelling case for decentralisation that everyone needs to read
Jul 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
i'm sad. ...more
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I'll take Klein's journalism over her polemical side in a heartbeat.

Great contrast between two utopian projects in Puerto Rico. One is community based, working on building a decentralized solar power grid and switching to sustainable, longterm agriculture. The other is insidious, hoping to attract high net worth individuals to the archipelago with tax breaks and cryptononsense and breaking Puerto Ricans with the a strategy straight from Klein's Shock Doctrine: privatization, illegal debt, techno
B Sarv
Apr 07, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes On the Disaster Capitalists by Naomi Klein
Citation (APA): Klein, N. (2020).

Not too long after Hurricane Maria crushed the Caribbean, including Dominica and Puerto Rico, Ms. Klein visited Puerto Rico. Much of this book was a first-hand account of the experiences she had, the people she met and the grass-roots organizations she saw in action. In addition, she shared her knowledge of “Disaster Capitalism” throughout; explaining the unique position Puerto
Since its publication in 2011, Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine has provided many of us on the left with a useful model for making sense of the rampant imposition of neo-liberal practices in the wake of major crises. At the time of writing the clearest systematic evidence for that analysis was post-Katrina New Orleans (along with its initial outing in Chile after the overthrow of Allende), but since then we have seen the operation of disaster capitalism time and again, notably in Europe’s po ...more
Harry Marquez
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has more Vidal information the one that has 400 pages. I was I in tune am a history graduate from Boston that lived in NY and decided to live in Puerto Rico.I lived their raising a family and still own my property. I face Hurricane Hugo.and that was no joke. I relocated to Florida 3 years before Maria. She has penetrated the colonial plague that has and is destroying the progress to cultivate the island. It was colonial policies to destroy most of the crops to make the islanders self r ...more
Pia Cortez
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amidst the destruction, Klein finds pockets of hope throughout the many communities she visited in January 2018. After being invited by a PARes–a group of university professors defending public education–to talk about her work on disaster capitalism, she writes about the ways Puerto Ricans have self-organized to help each other out after Maria.

In the small mountain city of Adjuntas lies Casa Pueblo, the community and ecology center that shone a light in the city for days. Literally and metaphori
Liz Murray
This treatise deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in detail and with as strong an analysis as you'd expect from Naomi Klein. It can be read easily in one sitting and having it in book form helped me focus on the issues at hand. Klein never shies away from the complexities inherent when talking about PR and the geopolitical crises that affect the land and its people, and does so in an approachable manner. People are front and center of the work, and at the risk of sounding trite, there ar ...more
Randall Wallace
Nov 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Given Naomi’s expertise in charting the rise of disaster capitalism and the shock doctrine, it should come as a relief that she would write this quick book. If you spend 183 days per year (Winter) in Puerto Rico, you can dodge U.S. taxes and live in a white gated community with private schools. Thanks to the U.S., there are 18 Superfund sites in Puerto Rico. Then there is the colonialism, and the huge problem with the 1920 obscure regulation known as the Jones Act. Then there is the simple fact ...more
Kaleb Rogers
As something of a "live feed addendum" to her former book "The Shock Doctrine," Klein must be excited (and depressed) to see her theory playing out in real time. The more I read about U.S. policy, the more I am coming to think that every action taken by the U.S. government is intended to make and keep rich people rich, leaving a line of oppressed in their wake.

Leí este libro por segunda vez en español para prepararme para un viaje a Puerto Rico. Es escrito muy claro para los lectores que no sean
Oct 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An important, short read. Puerto Rico must be rebuilt for its people, not for American, corporate interests.

“And nothing has done more to confirm this status [perspective that P. Ricans are disposable] than the fact that no level of government has seen fit to count the dead in any kind of credible way, as if lost Puerto Rican lives are of so little consequence that there is no need to document their mass extinguishment” (p. 29).
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
After Hurricane Maria there is a single house powered by solar energy which becomes a meeting place. This shares the many possible benefits of moving a business to the island and some of the things that have occurred to make a place of poverty. Insightful.
Joanne MacNevin
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book should really be read by everyone.
Pablo Uribe
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
definitely read this short book, I’d say. both sobering and hopesome
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Mind--boggling! An eye--opener! A must-read!
Jolanta (knygupe)
Jan 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very short but important and necessary read!
Benjamin Britton
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Niklas Pivic
We knew that the real disaster was not the hurricane but the terrible vulnerability imposed by Puerto Rico’s colonial relationship to the United States, as well as the forced privatization of health and other services; massive layoffs; huge numbers of school closures; reductions in social rights and in investments for collective well-being; abandonment of social and physical infrastructure; and high levels of government corruption and ineptitude. This vulnerability was aggravated by Washington’s
James Lees
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
I quite enjoyed this book, especially the interesting concepts of Puerto Rico’s lack of control on an international and domestic scale. There is clearly a divide between what a strong and a weak governmental system allows in terms of liberties offered to their citizens.
I unfortunately took too long between reading and finishing this book to put much more detail into this but I did find every chapter new and interesting.
Klein examines how two forces are fighting to shape Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria: "Puertotopians", or the elite, tax-evading, and almost always white Americans who hope to make it a resort for the few, and the Puerto Ricans who are fighting to make Puerto Rico self-sustaining and equitable for the entire population. I left this book feeling inspired by the grass-roots efforts of many Puerto Rican groups who aren't giving up. ...more
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this book very informative. I knew a lot of the background of Puerto Rico's problems but I had know idea how Puerto Ricans were using community and sustainable resources to survive in some areas. I also was unaware of the risk of the new bit coin billionaires essentially buying the island away from the current population. I think this book did a great job at outlining the conditions still faces and the fears for the future of the island and its people. Furthermore, I think that it does a ...more
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m going to be generous and give it three stars because it was short and a good intro to a particular ideological approach to Hurricane Maria and what went on in Puerto Rico. I read Naomi Klein’s work because it intersects with some of my interests, but I can’t remember much I’ve read that has any nuance to it. It is always either noble advancers of democracy or evil mustache-twirling privatizers. Are there not fools and the malevolent in the former? Is there not a single case of someone good w ...more
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read Shock Doctrine, you should before reading this book because she uses the arguments that she develops in Shock Doctrine to explain what is happening in Puerto Rico, especially after being hit with Hurricane Maria. Two major forces are vying for control of the island: the people who want to develop self-sufficiency and resistance to the next storm (inevitable because of climate change) and the very rich who want to use the disaster to turn Puerto Rico into a playground for the ...more
naomi gives me these nearly under-the-radar yet week-long-lasting nightmares about how dreadfully wrong our society has it, and how much god must pity this fool ass planet.
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Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist, documentary filmmaker and author of the international bestsellers No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism and This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate. She is a senior correspondent for The Intercept and her writing appears widely in such publications as The New York T

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“A SOLAR OASIS Like everywhere else in Puerto Rico, the small mountain city of Adjuntas was plunged into total darkness by Hurricane Maria. When residents left their homes to take stock of the damage, they found themselves not only without power and water, but also totally cut off from the rest of the island. Every single road was blocked, either by mounds of mud washed down from the surrounding peaks, or by fallen trees and branches. Yet amid this devastation, there was one bright spot. Just off the main square, a large, pink colonial-style house had light shining through every window. It glowed like a beacon in the terrifying darkness. The pink house was Casa Pueblo, a community and ecology center with deep roots in this part of the island. Twenty years ago, its founders, a family of scientists and engineers, installed solar panels on the center’s roof, a move that seemed rather hippy-dippy at the time. Somehow, those panels (upgraded over the years) managed to survive Maria’s hurricane-force winds and falling debris. Which meant that in a sea of post-storm darkness, Casa Pueblo had the only sustained power for miles around. And like moths to a flame, people from all over the hills of Adjuntas made their way to the warm and welcoming light.” 1 likes
“Each one of these decisions, even when they were ultimately reversed, set recovery efforts back further. Is this all a masterful conspiracy to make sure Puerto Ricans are too desperate, distracted, and despairing to resist Wall Street’s bitter economic medicine? I don’t believe it’s anything that coordinated. Much of this is simply what happens when you bleed the public sphere for decades, laying off competent workers and neglecting basic maintenance. Run-of-the-mill corruption and cronyism are no doubt at work as well.

But it’s also true that many governments have deployed a starve-then-sell strategy when it comes to public services: cut health care/transit/education to the bone until people are so disillusioned and desperate that they are willing to try anything, including selling off those services altogether. And if Rosselló and the Trump administration have seemed remarkably unconcerned about the nonstop relief and reconstruction screw-ups, the attitude may be at least partly informed by an understanding that the worse things get, the stronger the case for privatization becomes.”
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