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The Shock Doctrine Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine By Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

We are a society of shock addicts. Wars are waged with 'Shock and Awe.' Countries are remade with 'shock therapy.' Prisoners' bodies are subjected to 'capture shock' and electroshock. In Blank is Beautiful, Klein argues that shock is both our culture's dominant metaphor for radical change and has become our economy's primary means of creating wealth. She calls this process 'disaster capitalism.' The modern market is addicted to the kind of rapid economic growth that only cataclysmic events can provide: wars, natural disasters, regime collapses and economic meltdowns. Klein shows that after countries and cities are hit by these catastrophic events, they are invariably hit once again, this time with 'shock therapy,' a process of rapid-fire auctioning off of the state. What connects all these uses of shock, Klein argues, is a profoundly dangerous idea: that in order to change a place, or a mind, it must first be wiped clean, blanked. Based on breakthrough reporting from shock zones around the world, this is a frontal attack on the idea that 'free markets' and democracy are interlinked. Blank is Beautiful builds the case that modern capitalism, through its addiction to shock, reveals itself as not just anti-democratic, but anti-human.

About Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers No Logo, The Shock Doctrine, and most recently This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. In 2017 she joined The Intercept as Senior Correspondent. Recent articles have also appeared in the Guardian, The Nation, The New York Times, the New Yorker and Le Monde. In November 2016 she was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in Australia.

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The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
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Winner of Warwick Prize for Writing 2009
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