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The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
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Oct 12, 2007

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Recommended for: college students

The central thesis of this book is that Freidman neo-liberal economics (privatization, deregulation,cutbacks in social spending) has been implemented around the world by creating or taking advantage of national shocks. Created as in coups in Chile, Argentina, Indonesia, taking advantage as in the natural disasters in Sri Lanka and New Orleans and the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the U.S. Neo-liberals have been able to impose this shock therapy undemocratically by taking advantage of populations in shock. Klein draws some convincing parallels between the torture of individuals and the shock doctrine as applied to nations. She calls this "Disaster Capitalism" or "corporatism".

I really wanted to love this book, because I agree with the what Naomi Klein has to say, but it is just too thick and academic and depressing for me to plow through. I read pieces here and there. I already know too much about US sponsored torture in Latin America in the 70s and 80s, the overthrow of the Shah, etc. Though I do recommend this for people who are younger and don't already know this history, becuase itreally explains what is going on in the world today.
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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Johan Norberg vs. Naomi Klein and The Shock Doctrine The Klein Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Polemics
by Johan Norberg Three Days After Klein's Response, Another Attack Moving Forward Without Dogma
By Ken Brociner

Sarah Yeah, reality can be depressing sometimes and it's a real drag when people drag it out and try and talk about in an academic way. I mean, where are the funny pictures? C'mon! I can see why that would warrant three stars.

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