Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

ISBN-10: 0805079831
ISBN-13: 9780805079838
Edition: 2007
Authors: Naomi Klein
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Description: The bestselling author of "No Logo" shows how the global "free market" has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster  More...

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List price: $30.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 9/18/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 576
Size: 9.75" wide x 6.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 2.266
Language: English

The bestselling author of "No Logo" shows how the global "free market" has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term "disaster capitalism." Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, she witnessed something remarkably similar. People still reeling from catastrophe were being hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment," losing their land and homes to rapid-fire corporate makeovers. "The Shock Doctrine" retells the story of the most dominant ideology of our time, Milton Friedman's free market economic revolution. In contrast to the popular myth of this movement's peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies in so many parts of the world from Latin America and Eastern Europe to South Africa, Russia, and Iraq. At the core of disaster capitalism is the use of cataclysmic events to advance radical privatization combined with the privatization of the disaster response itself. Klein argues that by capitalizing on crises, created by nature or war, the disaster capitalism complex now exists as a booming new economy, and is the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for fifty years.

Introduction: Blank Is Beautiful: Three Decades of Erasing and Remaking the World
Two Doctor Shocks: Research and Development
The Torture Lab: Ewen Cameron, the CIA and the Maniacal Quest to Erase and Remake the Human Mind
The Other Doctor Shock: Milton Friedman and the Search for a Laissez-Faire Laboratory
The First Test: Birth Pangs
States of Shock: The Bloody Birth of the Counterrevolution
Cleaning the Slate: Terror Does Its Work
"Entirely Unrelated": How an Ideology Was Cleansed of Its Crimes
Surviving Democracy: Bombs Made of Laws
Saved by a War: Thatcherism and Its Useful Enemies
The New Doctor Shock: Economic Warfare Replaces Dictatorship
Crisis Works: The Packaging of Shock Therapy
Lost in Transition: While We Wept, While We Trembled, While We Danced
Slamming the Door on History: A Crisis in Poland, a Massacre in China
Democracy Born in Chains: South Africa's Constricted Freedom
Bonfire of a Young Democracy: Russia Chooses "The Pinochet Option"
The Capitalist Id: Russia and the New Era of the Boor Market
Let It Burn: The Looting of Asia and "The Fall of a Second Berlin Wall"
Shocking Times: The Rise of the Disaster Capitalism Complex
Shock Therapy in the U.S.A.: The Homeland Security Bubble
A Corporalist State: Removing the Revolving Door, Putting in an Archway
Iraq, Full Circle: Overshock
Erasing Iraq: In Search of a "Model" for the Middle East
Ideological Blowback: A Very Capitalist Disaster
Full Circle: From Blank Slate to Scorched Earth
The Movable Green Zone: Buffer Zones and Blast Walls
Blanking the Beach: "The Second Tsunami"
Disaster Apartheid: A World of Green Zones and Red Zones
Losing the Peace Incentive: Israel as Warning
Conclusion: Shock Wears Off: The Rise of People's Reconstruction
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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