AMY GOODMAN, DEMOCRACYNOW!: The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Pinochet’s coup in Chile. The massacre in Tiananmen Square. The collapse of the Soviet Union. September 11th, 2001. The war on Iraq. The Asian tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. Award-winning investigative journalist Naomi Klein brings together all of these world-changing events in her new book, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism.” In her first national broadcast interview since the publication of “The Shock Doctrine,” Klein joins us in our firehouse studio for the hour. Klein writes, “The history of the contemporary free market was written in shocks.” She argues that “Some of the most infamous human rights violations of the past thirty-five years, which have tended to be viewed as sadistic acts carried out by anti-democratic regimes, were in fact either committed with the deliberate intent of terrorizing the public or actively harnessed to prepare the ground for the introduction of radical free-market reforms.”
Studs Terkel, historian and author of Working
\"Naomi Klein is . . . a muckraker who digs in where others accept the surface. I love her stuff.\"
Chalmers Johnson, author of the Blowback Trilogy
\"Naomi Klein\'s exposé of neo-liberal economics is certain to be sensational. Hers is a long-needed analysis...\"
Peter Carey, author of Oscar and Lucinda and Theft: A Love Story
\"This beautifully written, very readable book will change the disgusting history it so calmly chronicles.\"
John Cusack, actor/filmmaker
\"This masterful book is a measured but furious call to arms.... A spectacular triumph.\"
The bestselling author of No Logo shows how the global free market has exploited crises and shock for three decades, from Chile to Iraq
In her groundbreaking reporting over the past few years, Naomi Klein introduced the term disaster capitalism. Whether covering Baghdad after the U.S. occupation, Sri Lanka in the wake of the tsunami, or 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 land 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 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.
About the Author
Naomi Klein is the award-winning author of the acclaimed international bestseller No Logo and of the essay collection Fences and Windows. An internationally syndicated columnist, she cocreated the documentary film The Take with Avi Lewis.