Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Shock Doctrine

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, by Naomi Klein.

Quickie Recap: Free markets do not get that way happily through the democratic practise that certain someones would have us believe. Behind the grubby curtains lie a much harsher reality: that bombs are dropped in order to create the chaos and sense of panic needed for a nation of people to go along with the drastic changes to their country's economic structure.

Quickie Review: This book was sickening. The first chapter was probably my favourite; it drew the link between the torture of an individual in order to extract certain information to the torture of a people, large scale terror, in order to enact certain laws. It makes it all seem so....cruel, and unnecessary.

Quickie Recommendation: Seems like an important read.

1 comment:

Steve said...

Jealous, been wanting to read this one for a while.

Dang, read circles around me.
"You Shall Know Our Velocity" by Dave Eggers is a good one. Picked up "What is the What" last night, which has gotten some fgreat reviews.