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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

By Naomi Klein

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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. You can learn more at

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Naomi Klein is not very bright

Aside from saying "uh" three or four times per sentence, she makes it clear that she doesn't understand much about Milton Friedman or his writings. She takes one minor idea of his out of context, miscontrues it, or deliberately distorts it, and then accuses him of being inconsistent. Friedman's ideas have been taking hold because they are better than the outdated statist ideas that Ms. Klein wishes would triumph. Perhaps if she would learn a little bit about the failures of state control in North Korea, Cuba, the USSR, she'd be a little more open-minded about what Friedman has to offer.


Naomi's previous work, No Logo and her article Baghdad Year 0 were great pieces of investigative journalism. Hopefully more of the media will follow.

If you think something is wrong, it is! Knowlwdge is power!

Naomi Klein has pulled together seemingly disparate events into a cohesive theory as to how the United States and we as a global society, have arrived into a corporatist state, fueled by radical Christian ideology, terror and bigotry and how 40 years of corporatist think tank ideology is remaking our world and shredding the US Constitution and our liberties all for profits for multinational corporations. This book is the most empowering read in understanding and combating these forces.

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