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FREE READER ↠ DOC The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism õ REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD ¼ In her ground breaking reporting from Ira Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called iTo South Africa Russia and Ira 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 By capitalizing on crises created by nature or war Klein argues that 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 spoilers ahead but it's not fiction so don't worry about itWhere do I begin? This is a failed Noam Chomsky bookFirstly Klein is working with a strange definition of capitalism When the free market economists who Klein refers to like Friedman and Hayek talk about capitalism they are referring to an economic system free of government intervention Klein however uses the word capitalist to refer to the current economic model– one in which governments and corporations work in tandem to exploit the general population Edit I realize that capitalism has multiple definitions but the problem is that Klein uses a different definition from the economists she is criticizing which makes her entire criticism seem like an assault upon a strawman Klein has essentially built a book around conflating capitalism with corporatism This is fairly subtle in the first chapter but reaches a point of real absurdity towards the end of the book There is a clear distinction between the policies advocated by HayekFriedman and George W Bush Klein purposefully obfuscates thisThe Shock Docterine starts out criticizing Milton Friedman for his activities in Chile This is at least understandable because Friedman did in fact visit Chile and advise Piñochet However this is or less where the facts begin and end She soon moves on to dubious claims for instance blaming Friedman and his acolytes for the Ira war in particular a war he expressly opposed and the military industrial complex in general It should be obvious to any reader that this sort of alliance between business and government has little to do with free markets private property rights or capitalism as defined by Chicago or Austrian school economistsBy the end of the book she really goes bonkers She details the plight of several Sri Lankan fishing communities Here is the story as she presents it A hurricane hits Sri Lanka destroying many coastal settlements Hotel companies see an opportunity decide to take possession of the coastal property which has been conveniently cleared of all those pesky villages The hotel companies move in and take possession of the beaches When the villagers protest the government police force defends the newly acuired beaches on behalf of the hotels using violence The villagers are reduced to living in poverty and sualor because their land was stolen from them by the alliance of hotel companies and governmentIn summary The hotel companies used the government to steal the private property of the fishing communities And this is supposed to be an example of free market practices that Hayek and Friedman would approve of See the issue I'm having?A modified version of this book would actually make for an apt criticism of corporatism which is why I was tempted to give this book two stars However the problem here is far deeper than a confusion of terms She actually ascribes neo Conservative ideas to Libertarian or Classical Liberal thinkers The Shock Doctrine is essentially the strawman from hellAnd for that it earns 1 star

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In her ground breaking reporting from Ira Naomi Klein exposed how the trauma of invasion was being exploited to remake the country in the interest of foreign corporations She called it disaster capitalism Covering Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami and 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 There is a part of me that would like to make this review a bit funny This is a deeply disturbing book I’ve a preference for humour as a means of confronting the deeply disturbing But I can’t bring myself to say anything remotely funny about this bookKlein compares some psychological experiments torture by any reasonable definition of the word carried out in the 1950s in Canada funded by the CIA off US soil so they could plausibly deny they were researching torture in which patients were blasted back to virtually a blank slate by sensory depravation and electric shock treatment to US foreign policy in countries such as Chile in the 1970s and Ira todayIf you had forgotten just how evil unconstrained capitalism is – it is time to read this book If you are concerned that the world seems to believe democracy free markets – it is time to read this bookFor two decades it has been abundantly clear that the greatest danger facing the world is the ideology that likes to call itself Economic Rationalism but is better described as Radical Free Market Economics This is the view that any restraint placed on the free operation of the market – from fixing minimum wages to environmental standards to health and safety controls in the workplace – are by definition wrong and counterproductive This view states that governments are by definition wasteful and unnecessary This view is an attempt at justifying unmitigated greed as if it was a universal good It is about destroying all vestiges of democracy and God knows those vestiges are today meagre indeed in our society and handing over all power to corporations If you are not troubled by the shift in power in the world away from governments elected by the people for the people to corporations created out of greed for greed – then you really need to turn off American Idol and start looking around yourselfKlein takes a series of increasingly distressing ‘case studies’ in which ever purer forms of radical free market economics are applied in times of crisis across the world – invariably with devastatingly negative results invariably the opposite of what is predicted by the neo liberals She points out that without a crisis such as 911 or Katrina or the War in Ira – such policies would never be allowed to be implemented But come a crisis people are so shocked by what has just happened to them that they are prepared to forgo their democratic rights so things can be ‘fixed’ The problem is that these bastards don’t want anything fixed They want to apply shocks because that is the only way they can get rid of democratic structures that stand in the way of them handing over the wealth of our nations to themselves The Corporate raping of Ira as depicted in this book is only slightly less shocking than the Corporate raping of New Orleans Perhaps I found the stuff about New Orleans shocking because it was Americans doing this sort of thing to their own people I know I’m naïveThe descriptions of torture in the book are too much to take I’ve never been able to distance myself enough from the victims of torture to be objective about it I believe it is the core of the democratic spirit – the notion that the sufferers of torture are our brothers and sisters and the perpetrators of torture reuire justice to be enacted against them – that immediately has me siding with the tortured We have a moral responsibility to stop our government from using our tax dollars to torture people If morality means anything at all – this is the minimum it can meanKlein documents that the torture used throughout the world by US client states has a long history going back to experiments done in the 1950s in Canada and have clearly become part of US foreign policy If we are to be on the side of democracy then we must force our governments to stop using torture against the citizens of other countries Particularly when these citizens are asking for what should be granted to them immediately – the right to reclaim the benefit of their own natural resources from foreign owned corporationsThere are so many lessons in this book but the major one is that if people stand up against these greedy lunatics then we can stop them We can reclaim our dignity and redistribute some of what has plundered from us The criminal waste of tax dollars by these corporations in both Ira and New Orleans is almost beyond description In the book Ira is at one point referred to as the Free Fraud ZoneThe world we live in today is increasingly becoming divided between those who have and are kept secure behind walled suburbs and those who have not and are forced to live without the basic necessities of life We need to understand that my security is enhanced by making the world safer for you That life isn’t about who ends up with the most stuff they don’t need or the biggest bank account or the fastest car but that we are social animals and so what is good for all is also what is good for usAs I said this is a deeply disturbing book – but also an incredibly important one

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The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster CapitalismLand 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 “The lucky get Kevlar the rest get prayer beads”This is a chilling writhing outrage of a book A hideous suealing beast of a book that cannot and should not be ignoredKlein has dropped the curtain on an ugly malevolent Wizard When these kind of curtains drop we never like what we see Like so many of these kinds of leftist exposes on conservatives the Bush Administration the neocons and their rabble this book needn’t have been written Orwell wrote it already But better than any other book of its kind Klein makes it so painfully obvious that these necons who have grabbed control of the reins of this wild mustang of a country and who disdain the government so much have absolutely no business governing Something is indeed rotten when Destruction and Doom is this profitable It’s Cowardly it’s Un American it’s Weak and it is Lazy If Reading is Sexy this book is a tour through a decrepit brothel with Klein as your guide to point out the perverse fetishes and hemorrhaging syphilitic tumors rupturing on the sides of our society Klein’s story is an epic and sprawling Indictment providing exhaustive analysis and criticism of the disastrous economic policies pursued in Latin America Poland China South Africa Ira New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and in Asia after the tsunamiThe Shock Doctrine is the story of Milton Friedman and his “Chicago School” of economic policies Led by the US and its incestuous inbred offspring the IMF the World Bank and the WTO Friedman touted an economic policy that came to be termed The Washington Consensus It was resoundingly embraced by neocons under the ideal of spreading “freedom” to countries at their most dire by installing the triumvirate of Friedmansism 1 privatization outsourcing 2 free tradederegulation and 3 a cut in government spending What Klein does a very good job of illuminating throughout her book is that what these neocons refer to as economic freedom does not euate to nor provide for human rights and civil liberties Economic freedom free trade is not a panacea for the world’s ills A blind faith in capitalism is not enough A dictatorship of communism or fascism is revealed to be the same as a dictatorship of Business As Klein’s gruesome story unfolds across the world the main tenets of this “shock doctrine” cease to be privatization deregulation and pay cuts but instead Exploitation Opportunism Manipulation and Corruption Such economic polices only survived when democracy was suppressed As Klein explains“Once you accept that profit and greed as practiced on a mass scale create the greatest possible benefits for any society pretty much any act of personal enrichment can be justified as a contribution to the great creative cauldron of capitalism generating wealth and spurring economic growth – even if it’s only for yourself and your colleagues”No The Average Joe does not benefit from such disaster capitalism People like you and I do not get anything out of such tactics and the citizens of countries where such horrendous laws are put into place certainly do not benefit No The benefits go to firms like Halliburton Bechtel and Blackwater who swarm around the government salivating for no bid contracts like junkies pacing the sidewalks outside a methadone clinic Never have Disparity and Hypocrisy sung so depressing a duet We have Socialism in America but not for the poor that would be Socialism No our handouts go to Rich Friends The poor are getting poorer The rich are getting richer Private firms greedily gobble up no bid government contracts from their fat cat robber baron puppet leader friends straight out of corporate America now sitting in big chairs in corner offices for the U S of A The outsourcing and branding that was successful in the private sector was introduced to the public sector Big Business and Big Government are in a Big Bed fucking to their dirty pig heart’s contentSo Irai Freedom was really about opening up a new market for private multi national corporations to reap absurd profits It is a crude obnoxious tactic and a new level for war profiteers And once those tactics had failed in Ira they were used in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck Like the pathetic drunk at the Roulette Wheel Bush and his cronies are nothing than stupid kids who don’t learn foolishly insisting that “they’re due”War profiteers should be treated like the drunk driving child molesting pervert Losers they areWe all know that the Emperor Has No Clothes But now it doesn’t matter Our Leaders are Blind Deaf and Dumb anyway They are dressed fed entertained and put to bed by Outsourced Contractors“When it came time to update the Army Manual on the rules for dealing with contractors the army contracted out the job to one of its major contractors MPRI – it no longer had the know how in house” Most disheartening is that these people seem to have lost their sense of humor Irony is clearly lost on them All hope is lost Send them back to a small liberal arts college and have them suffer through an anthropology major or somethingKlein again and again asks the right uestions from a different perspective A good critic Klein consistently analyzes events and actions to determine the cause for which they are indicative of Torture? What is that symptomatic of? What is torture serving? That is the ill what is the disease the cause that needs to be cured?Klein’s prose is dense and exacting exerting the thorough confidence of a straightforward journalist asking the right uestions about the right topics from a refreshingly different perspective Given her subject matter you actually wish she’d allow herself a little personal rage some occasional vitriol and human madness But no Klein is a cool character calmly exposing the atrocities and mistakes of our Modern Era She even uotes Rilke Brecht and the rapper JuvenileThis book belongs on your shelf next to The People’s History of the United States of America but Klein is hardly the storyteller that Zinn is But like Zinn’s magnificent and important work The Shock Doctrine is about the Little Man the Worker the Poor the Forgotten The Shock Doctrine continues on in that great and noble canon that is for The RestDespite such a sprawling probing work that can at times wander and leap across themes and arguments Klein can be uite poignant when she drop