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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

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In her ground-breaking reporting 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.



  • I really enjoyed the book. The only issue I had was with Naomi's continuous and aggressive criticism of the Republican Party. I feel like her books would be just as effective without these exaggerated attacks on a party she clearly dislikes. There were moments where I almost stopped listening, thinking it was just pandering to the liberal crowd, but she did make some valid points that kept me engaged. Despite the constant political bias, this book does provide a compelling argument that forces readers to reflect on the current state of global affairs and the power wielded by a select few.
  • This audiobook has some significant omissions that are essential to the content. It's quite problematic and frustrating. I initially downloaded it for school purposes, hoping to save time, but instead, I find myself having to go back and locate the sections that were skipped. It's becoming a real time-waster.
  • Naomi Klein's eye-opening book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," shines a light on the true motivations driving the corporatocracy that has taken hold in our country, thanks to the collaboration of the current administration.