June 24, 2008
June 24, 2008
An introduction to the concept of "disaster capitalism" offers an exposGe of how the global "free market" has exploited crises, violence, and shock over the past three decades to promote radical privatization that benefits large corporations and powerful interest groups.
Imposing capitalistic ideals and practices on a population in a post-disaster crisis is an increasingly common occurrence, most vividly demonstrated by events in wartime Iraq. But journalist Naomi Klein (NO LOGO) maintains that this process of "disaster capitalism" has been in place for decades, with roots in the Chicago School and Milton Friedman's widely influential economic philosophies. Though she doesn't blame Friedman directly, she makes a compelling case that privileged nations have long made a practice of taking advantage of people who, in literal and metaphorical shock, have regressed to a childlike state and momentarily lose resistance to social control. In highly readable prose, Klein argues reasonably that a free market is not always so free, and that democracy and capitalism do not necessarily arise concomitantly.
Genre: Business + Money Management, Social Science, History, Political Science
Sub-Genre: Free Enterprise, Disasters + Disaster Relief, Globalization, Public Policy / Economic Policy, Modern / General, Economics / General
- Genre: Political Science, History, Business + Money Management, Social Science
- Subgenre: Modern / General, Public Policy / Economic Policy, Economics / General, Free Enterprise, Globalization, Disasters + Disaster Relief
- Publisher: Picador USA
- Pages: 701
- Edition: Reprint
- Language: English
- Release Date: June 24, 2008
- Author: Naomi Klein
- Online Item #: 11335819
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-00-4665
- ISBN: 9780312427993
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported