Book The shock doctrine : the rise of disaster capitalism / Naomi Klein.
Publication year: c2007.
Call Number HB95 .K54 2007
Media class: Book
Publisher: New York : Picador
ISBN: 9780312427993 0312427999
"First published in the United States by Henry Holt and Company"--T.p. verso.
Extent: 701 p. ; 21 cm.
Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka after the tsunami, or New Orleans post-Katrina, the author witnessed remarkably similar events where people still reeling were hit again, this time with economic "shock treatment," losing their land and homes to corporate makeovers. This practice is introduced as "disaster capitalism" and the story of Milton Friedman's free-market economic revolution is retold. In contrast to the myth of this movement's peaceful global victory, the author maintains the free-market revolution has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies. At its core 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, the disaster capitalism complex now exists as a booming new economy; the violent culmination of a radical economic project that has been incubating for fifty years.
Introduction. Blank is beautiful : three decades of erasing and remaking the world -- Two doctor shocks : research and development. The torture lab : Ewen Cameron, the CIA and the maniacal quest to erase and remake the human mind -- The other doctor shock : Milton Friedman and the search for a laissez-faire laboratory -- The first test : birth pangs. States of shock : the blood birth of the counterrevolution -- Cleaning the slate : terror does its work -- "Entirely unrelated" : how an ideology was cleansed of its crimes -- Surviving democracy : bombs made of laws. Saved by a war : Thatcherism and its useful enemies -- The new doctor shock : economic warfare replaces dictatorship -- Crisis works : the packaging of shock therapy -- Lost in transition : while we wept, while we trembled, while we danced. Slamming the door on history : a crisis in Poland, a massacre in China -- Democracy born in chains : South Africa's constricted freedom -- Bonfire of a young democracy : Russia chooses "the Pinochet option" -- The capitalist id : Russia and the new era of the boor -- Let it burn : the looting of Asia and "the fall of a second Berlin wall" -- Shocking times : the rise of the disaster capitalism complex. Shock therapy in the U.S.A. : the homeland security bubble -- A corporatist state : removing the revolving door, putting in an archway -- Iraq, full circle : overshock. Erasing Iraq : in search of a "model" for the Middle East -- Ideological blowback : a very capitalist disaster -- Full circle : from blank slate to scorched earth -- The movable green zone : buffer zones and blast walls. Blanking the beach : "the second tsunami" -- Disaster apartheid : a world of green zones and red zones -- Losing the peace incentive : Israel as warning -- Conclusion. Shock wears off : the rise of people's reconstruction.