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The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism | Naomi Klein
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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.
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Niso
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Brilliant book that has forever changed my understanding of capitalism & politics, offering a new framework to consider international politics and the development and aid work funded by UK and USA. One issue is the omissions of geopolitical and historical dynamics in Lebanon and Iraq in favour of advancing Klein's argument, making me wonder about the omissions in her discussions of S. America, S. Africa and Asia.
#nonfiction #favourite #review

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Niso
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Another important work from one of most brilliant, brave and principled thinkers of our times. Highly recommended reading for anyone interested in economics, state services and international politics.
#nonfiction #economics #politics #reading #goodreads

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notreallyelaine
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This book rocked me. The Iraq War section left me with a profound sense of disgust, esp reading a decade later. The anti-war movement died, the war architects retired to cushy book deals, and the rest of us settled into cultural amnesia. And we‘re STILL bombing ppl! Ugh. I really loved the closing message on taking the lead from affected communities already resisting and rebuilding. A must-read for anyone trying to understand just how we got here.

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Emilymdxn
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Naomi Klein is speaking at the Southbank centre in London on 9 March!! Can‘t believe I have a ticket to hear one of my all time fave authors and human beings in conversation. I only discovered her last year but I think I‘ve read everything she‘s ever published now!

Anyone else who‘s coming/wants to come hit me up! We could get a drink beforehand or something

candority I saw her speak last year and she was excellent! 7mo
Emilymdxn @candority amazing!! I‘m so excited already 7mo
Freespirit I really respect her. Enjoy 7mo
batsy That's wonderful! I look forward to your thoughts on it :) 7mo
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Olive315
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Another book given to me by my incredibly intelligent future lawyer cousin. He clearly believes I need some education in the area of capitalism and economics...I will attempt to read this maybe when I have the patience for feeling like I'm in school again!
Merry Christmas!!! 🎄💕🤘🏻

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Emilymdxn
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Everything Naomi Klein writes is amazing and this is no exception.

Truly eye opening, shocking, clear and inspiring. It covered lots of countries in lots of continents and could have been confusing if anyone else had written it, but I‘ve learned a lot and don‘t feel like it was too much. If I could make any one author compulsory reading for everyone alive it would be Naomi Klein.

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Emilymdxn
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Project read-everything-Naomi-Klein-has-ever-written is go! Her books just give me life. Every one makes my mind a bit bigger, it feels like. A close friend who studied politics and is one of the cleverest people I know loved this one so I‘m going in very excited.

RaimeyGallant I audiobooked one of hers last year, and 22 hours later, was happy I did. :) 8mo
Aimeesue Yep. Klein is brilliant. 8mo
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Puneetkant
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Brilliant and eye opening...book explains very clearly how human rights are often trampled by the corporations when they are trying to achieve endless growth and profit...a balanced outlook is required to shape a better future.

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batsy
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An excellent book that talks about the "shock doctors", global profiteers who cash in on war, chaos, and climate disasters. Exposes the #lies that corporate-owned media helps to disseminate in service of the people in power. This is a must-read book that is thoroughly researched and presented in straightforward, forceful prose.
#maybookflowers @RealLifeReading

Suet624 This is so frightening. I remember studying this concept in the 70's and I thought it was bad then. 2y
batsy @Suet624 Yes! Reading about how it was done in Chile in the 70s and the group of economists behind it was devastating. 2y
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Anne
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An amazing book to be reading right now. Wanna know why things are the way they are? This is really helping me figure it out.

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JacquelynLovesYou
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Three books that have been in my tbr pile for a while. Now might be the time to read them with Pres. Cheeto trying to scare everyone about immigrants and trans people. #fear #scaretactics #shockdoctrine #currentevents #resist #alternativefacts

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Dragon
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#scary #nonfiction #litsy this book is so scary. I could not finish it because I was too horrified. The descriptions of the torture used for political and economic purposes made me ill. Maybe someday when I have a stronger stomach. Google photo credit

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Simona
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Half of this pile is still unread, but they look nice ☺️

#augustphotochallenge #whitespines

Godmotherx5 Great photo 3y
Simona @Godmotherx5 Thanks. 3y
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