Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine

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From Naomi Klein:

When I finished The Shock Doctrine, I sent it to Alfonso Cuarà³n because I adore his films and felt that the future he created for Children of Men was very close to the present I was seeing in disaster zones. I was hoping he would send me a quote for the book jacket and instead he pulled together this amazing team of artists — including Jonà¡s Cuarà³n who directed and edited — to make The Shock Doctrine short film. It was one of those blessed projects where everything felt fated.

Here it is:


Here also is a review of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism from Publishers Weekly:

The neo-liberal economic policies-privatization, free trade, slashed social spending-that the Chicago School and the economist Milton Friedman have foisted on the world are catastrophic in two senses, argues this vigorous polemic. Because their results are disastrous-depressions, mass poverty, private corporations looting public wealth, by the author’s accounting-their means must be cataclysmic, dependent on political upheavals and natural disasters as coercive pretexts for free-market reforms the public would normally reject. Journalist Klein (No Logo) chronicles decades of such disasters, including the Chicago School makeovers launched by South American coups; the corrupt sale of Russia’s state economy to oligarchs following the collapse of the Soviet Union; the privatization of New Orleans’s public schools after Katrina; and the seizure of wrecked fishing villages by resort developers after the Asian tsunami. Klein’s economic and political analyses are not always meticulous. Likening free-market shock therapies to electroshock torture, she conflates every misdeed of right-wing dictatorships with their economic programs and paints a too simplistic picture of the Iraq conflict as a struggle over American-imposed neo-liberalism. Still, much of her critique hits home, as she demonstrates how free-market ideologues welcome, and provoke, the collapse of other people’s economies. The result is a powerful populist indictment of economic orthodoxy. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc.

thanks Toni