The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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  • Naomi Klein
  • Author:  Naomi Klein
  • Year: 21-01-2011
  • Translator Enthusiasts
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  • Product Code:  637-01
  • SKU: 25.0010
  • ISBN: 978-954-321-725-0

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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.

About the Author

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein (born May 8, 1970) is a Canadian author, social activist, and filmmaker known for her political analyses and criticism of corporate globalization and of capitalism. She first became k... Read more

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Tags: Behind the Scenes,Political Science & Politics,Geopolitics,Globalization,Terrorism & Security,True Crime Investigations

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Year 21-01-2011
Translator Enthusiasts
Pages 696
Size 140/215 мм
Weight 0.96 kg
Cover Type Hardcover
Genre Behind the Scenes, Political Science & Politics, Geopolitics, Globalization, Terrorism & Security, True Crime Investigations

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