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The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
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Nov 21, 2007

really liked it

Excellent and compellingly written book about how Milton Friedman's Chicago school of free market capitalism has been imposed on countries following shocks, whether caused by natural or contrived disasters, and how the initial shock and followup shocks in the form of repression and frequently torture have been used to impose these deeply unpopular measures. Takes in Chile, Columbia, Russia, Poland, Britain under Thatcher and the war on terror. Points out how disaster capitalism profits from creating and promulgating endless, unwinnable wars. She writes really well and makes a fascinating, coherent argument. Really get the sense of the big picture.
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