Book: The Shock Doctrine

7/31/2009:

The Shock Doctrine

By Naomi Klein

Have any of you read this book yet?

“The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” explodes the myth of “free market” democracy. It shows how neoliberal Washington Consensus fundamentalism dominates the world with America its lead exponent exploiting security threats, terror attacks, economic meltdowns, competing ideologies, tectonic political or economic shifts, and natural disasters to impose its will everywhere. Wars are waged, social services cut, and freedom sacrificed when people are too distracted, cowed or bludgeoned to object. Klein describes a worldwide process of social and economic engineering she calls “disaster capitalism” with torture along for the ride to reinforce the message – no “New World Order” alternatives are tolerated.

“Free market” triumphalism is everywhere – from Canada to Brazil, China to Bulgaria, Russia to South Africa, Vietnam to Iraq. In all cases, the results are the same. People are sacrificed for profits and Margaret Thatcher’s dictum applies – “there is no alternative.”

“The Shock Doctrine” is a powerful tour de force, four years of on-the-ground research in the making and well worth the wait. In an age of corporatism partnered with corrupted political elites, it’s must reading by an author now firmly established as a major intellectual figure on the left and champion of social justice. Naomi Klein is all that and more. Even for those familiar with her topics, the book is stunning, revealing, unforgettable and essential to know.”

You can see the rest of the very comprehensive review of the book by Stephen Lendman here.

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4 Comments on "Book: The Shock Doctrine"

YipYap
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Frank Raia will run, Beth won’t, Dawn will and bowling ball head is still trying to find the sandwich he put under his couch.

mooshu
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mooshu

I’ve been looking for something interesting to dive into, again, and this appears to be a good read,… although I very recently considered the Twilight series just to connect with ravers (yep, I’m a sucker).

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

I read about 75% of the book before I got distracted with, embarrassingly, the Twilight series. I’m going to go back and finish it up now…

Anyway, The Shock Doctrine is a fascinating book. Klein is quite the reporter. I learned a lot – or got new perspectives on things I already “knew.” It’s definitely a left-leaning book, though. You can sense Klein’s emotions trying to come through the facts (or her interpretation of them).

I agree with WillowTerraceMom that the book is scary, and that I did not believe everything in it. But it is really, really eye-opening.

WillowTerraceMom
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WillowTerraceMom

An excellent, albeit scary book. While I did not completely agree with all matters discussed, I do think her general premise is correct, and that there are plenty who choose to exploit through shock and awe.

An interesting time to bring this up, given it came out more than a year ago.

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