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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 “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 drops the complex and well constructed debate in favor of keen observations Observing the “reconstruction” following the Asian Tsunami disaster Klein observes “What it looked like was hundreds of thousands of poor brown skinned people the fishing people deemed “unproductive” by the World Bank being moved against their wishes to make room for ultrarich mostly light skinned people the “high yield” tourists“One thing was certain though if peace was to take root in Sri Lanka it needed to outweigh the benefits of war including the tangible economic benefits flowing from a war economy in which the army takes care of the families of its soldiers and the Tamil Tigers look after the families of its fighter and suicide bombers”We are fighting the same exact problem in Ira That’s the West for you we figured out a way to get Peace But it’s War CheersSome day Historians will find the non fiction books written about this era and probably mistake them for the plays of some raving mad lunatic genius the next Shakespeare But no unfortunately our Humiliation and our Embarrassment are Real Klein is haunting making you realize that we live in a world where“Survival is determined by who can afford to pay for escape”

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The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster CapitalismTo 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 It's 2007 and Naomi Klein builds a rather convincing argument about modern governmentalcorporational trendsI've personally never seen it laid out so baldly but after having read several dozen of political books perhaps an euivalent number of documentaries and a lot of otherwise independent research into the topics herein I'm willing to concede that she has a very valid pointWhat is the point?Modern economics theories are used to lay out a rather obvious plan of mass looting They're constructed as laissez faire Chicago School of Economics which looks great on paper letting the invisible hand of Adam Smith regulate all markets In practice putting it into effect under the heading of Democracy or Liberation or whatever they want the big heads of the Chicago school are backed with the CIA big corporation interests and a single additional theory that makes the whole thing gel togetherWhat's this extra theory? It's simple They believe as they have learned from their lessons in briefly earlier psychology research that the best way to heal a patient is to first break their minds and bodies starting them out on a tabula rasa and then rebuilding from the rubble So many have uoted the belief that the only way to get real change is after a disasterNever mind that the original torture victims in McGill college that underwent sensory deprivation LSD PCP punctuated with ECT and blaring noise did not come out of the experience uite sane Most of them never recovered But THIS was the original study that they based their first great experiment on Export the school of thought to Chile and when it didn't uite take destabilize the government assassinate Allende and install Pinochet On Sept 11 1973 They used shock and awe destroyed infrastructure and people went hungry and were terrorizedGuess who got a Nobel Prize in economics?It's worse The dictatorship was atrocious but the big corporations were given leave to move in and rape the economy loot anything of value while allowing Pinochet to take the lion's share turning him into an Oligarch overnight A decade later Chile once sporting one of the most impressive resumes of a growing and happy populace could barely stand on its own But the corporations got RICHJump ahead to Russia right as Communism is going defunct The same Chicago school economics of Free Market offers them a deal Businesses will loan expertise and open market doctrines and massive loans but be sure to destabilize everything first When enough blood is on the ground and people are terrified starving and giving up everything they ever owned then offer them a deal they can't refuse Capitalism on a plate that promises everything that the European nations and America has to offer since Communism is dead When democracy is offered but capitalism is competing capitalism beats anything Enter a capitalism backed coup corporate sponsorships everywhere and a promise that our new leader will be able to make himself and a handful others into some of the top 30 ranked richest people in the world opening up Russia to free trade on a scale never seen before the only way to keep it going is by looting the population And it did What was the number? 14 million homeless children? Think about that At least under communism there WAS something like a middle class Now it's only the super rich and the survivorsCLEARLY this is an AMAZING outcome for the Chicago School Companies got rich The stock market had a field day supporting the victors Everyone was shaking everyone else's hands Except for the rest of the 99% of course They went hungry A reported 50000 AIDS victims exploded into 15 million over the space of a couple of years Clearly everyone was having a partyBut the rich got richer Remember what happened during the Ira War part 2? Privatized war with every single aspect of the war delegated to private companies except for the troops themselves 90% of every contract went into overhead contractors subcontracting up to four times until there was no longer any money left for doing the work And easily if you look back on the actual work for the reconstruction either it was not completed in 85% of the cases or what did get finished was at half capacity after a year ALL work and workers were brought in from the outside Corporations tried to set up McD and Walmart unloaded big screen TVs on the streets that were lined with rubbleShock and Awe Come on The purpose is to drive them all into a permanent state of helplessness or create an environment of terrorism Against them But heck as long as we can brew terrorists this way each one wanting to get revenge or at the very least JUSTICE for this travesty 650000 dead For Oil For the free market For the freedom of a hoard of corporations to come swooping in and install a Free Trade Zone where profits just kept comingLet's ignore for a moment that every cabinet member in the presidency at that time had vested and current interests in the very same corporations that made the most money on Ira Or that America inflated its debt many times over to pay for the graft looting and amazing incompetence while leaving the door open to keep ALL of the contractors out of the legal crosshairs of ANY country while walking away with astounding paychecksIgnore the fact that most invasions if they're NOT there to loot will actually set aside troops to protect national heritage There is a lot of proof that the national museum holding artifacts thousands of years old was specifically excluded from that protection list which is why troops sat by and watched as so many truckloads of priceless artifacts were spirited away Later even now only 20% have ever been recoveredWe can add Hurricane Katrina to the list The same contractors for Ira came in to help out taking government money pulling the same exact crap and then leaving the job almost completely undone We're talking BIG money too But look on the bright side All that land can now be cleared out to build new condos Tons of companies swooped in to reclaim the land And they did And a lot of them were linked intricately to the SAME people who were supposed to REBUILD for the original inhabitantsSorry folks couldn't do the job You're gonna have to find a new place to live My brother here wants the land for his new McDYep first you need to have a disaster If you don't have a disaster make one If you can build compounds and Green zones and make sure you give enough fodder to create a simmering cauldron of hate that you can regularly call on to rise up and smash down with your brand new war machine And make sure it keeps on simmering too right ISIS? We need a reason to keep getting the latest euipment to protect our super rich bunkersIt's great economics as long as your real intention is to get extremely rich It's not good economics if you want long lasting sustained prosperity It's the looter's creed Make situations you can profit from Make sure you always negotiate from the ultimate position If that means making sure the rest of the world has a foot on its neck then that's all for the best That's GOOD NEGOTIATION TACTICSLaissez faire to these guys means taking away all the safety nets They're the same ones gutting social security social protections and basic food and health for the poorest people in our first world nations They want no government or to turn all governments into shells with no power to do anything They've stated this creed a million times They want social darwinism at its worst Keep everyone so shock and awed that they can take everything Absolutely everything Let's judge an idea not on its stated ideal Let's judge an idea based on its actual practice If this wonderful ideal says it works best after a disaster flawlessly re establishing the free hand of the market then by their own writings we should have seen a flowering of cooperation self interest coinciding with everyone else's self interest and a natural growth of blanket prosperity that effects everyone involved It's pretty I've read many great books on the Chicago Style of Economics and loved them But let's look at the ACTUAL FACTS of its implementation There has never been a free hand of the market The big banana corporation pressured America to secure its economic freedom America got it's most famous laissez faire economists to embark on a campaign assisted with a ton of money integral CIA support and a bunch of extra vultures hanging in the wings smelling blood in the water When the blood splashed and buildings with the elected government were murdered all the looters moved in Of course back in the day it was all ideological garbage Sticking it to the communists bringing in democracy Ignore the fact that they just bombed a democracy and Pinochet the dictator came in got rich and entered a very profitable loot cycle with the outside vultures It begs the uestion If each and every time they bring in the Chicago School of Economics they always bring the same result then maybe we ought to uestion their motives MaybeI'm just waiting for other enemies of this paradigm to get their own shock and awe Left leaning college campuses? Gay bars? All they need is a disaster They can wait for it and exploit it like with Katrina but they're perfectly willing to orchestrate them too And give you wonderfully idealistic reasons why you should let them murder you too Dark right? But real You've seen these looters in the housing bubble The banking crisis It's big Very very big You can complain about transgenders in bathrooms all you like but the really scary bits are right here And they can take us all down Eually

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The Shock Doctrine The Rise of Disaster Capitalism Ebook ´ 558 pages è Naomi klein è 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 capitalisIn 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 Using shock treatment as a metaphor Klein analyzes the importance of economic dislocations and disasters to the success of Milton Friedman's free market philosophy This is an important book and shows why the apparent stupidities of the Bush administration in Ira and Katrina are actually deliberate measures designed to daze and demoralize people into accepting a radical free market agenda