Disaster Capitalism

One of the most important reads right now –if not the most important– is The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein.

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This book connects nearly every major social and environmental injustice, conflict or war with the forceful and uneven rise of the current global neoliberal capitalist regime.

This book traces the history of free market ideology and how it was forcefully implemented around the world during times of crisis.  It was necessarily forced because, other than in North America, most populations subject to free market reforms recognized that these would only benefit the elite class, and would slowly but surely disenfranchise and individualise the rest of society.  The times of crisis in which free market policies were forced upon shocked groups of peoples were often inflicted purposefully for the advancement of neoliberal capitalism around the world.

Klein also reveals America’s involvement in holding up authoritative and repressive regimes around the world in order to support the implementation of free market reforms.  She also exposes the extremely problematic implications of the privatization of America’s government services; namely the conflicts of interest involved when private companies can profit off of war and imprisoning citizens.  This is a warning for every other nation making similar moves in the name of ‘strengthening economies’.

The book ends on a hopeful note, highlighting some global resistances to the sacrificial logic of the commodity.  The book was extremely well received around the world as well, and has inspired local movements against ‘la doctrina del shock’ in Latin America.  Below is a trailer for the documentary based on the book, but the book absolutely should be read.  It will illuminate the history of the world in a whole new way.  It will allow you to see the violence and exploitation that our political-economic regime is based on, and the direction it will take us if we don’t arm ourselves with knowledge and come together to fight it.

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4 Comments on “Disaster Capitalism”

  1. alexhillblog December 10, 2012 at 6:38 pm #

    I definitely need to give this book a read after this.

    • utopiandreaming December 10, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

      Absolutely, pick it up. It’s riveting and really illuminating, synthesizing a ton of information very clearly. It’ll be the best $20 you spend.

  2. Jeff Nguyen December 15, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    In a similar vein…Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges.

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