The Shock Doctrine: Disaster Capitalism
Posted: September 8, 2008 in 2007, Videos
Tags: Climategate, Economic Meltdown, Global Government, War on Terror
Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine – Part 1 of 6
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Last summer, in the lull of the August media doze, the Bush Administration’s doctrine of preventive war took a major leap forward. On August 5, 2004, the White House created the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, headed by former US Ambassador to Ukraine, Carlos Pascual. Its mandate is to draw up elaborate “post conflict” plans for up to twenty-five countries that are not, as of yet, in conflict. According to Pascual, it will also be able to coordinate three full-scale reconstruction operations in different countries “at the same time,” each lasting “five to seven years.”
Fittingly, a government devoted to perpetual pre-emptive deconstruction now has a standing office of perpetual pre-emptive reconstruction.
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We are adding new resources daily so please check this page regularly. We also encourage you to visit The Guardian’s Shock Doctrine mini-site, as it features additional resources as well.
Biography of Adam Smith, 2002
A brief account of Adam Smith’s life and work from the Library of Economics and Liberty. This biography emphasizes the free-market aspects of Smith’s philosophy.
The Betrayal of Adam Smith, 2001
David Korten explains how free-market ideologues have distorted Smith’s work to meet their own ends in this excerpt from his book, When Corporations Rule the World. Korten points out the differences between Smith’s philosophy and contemporary capitalism, citing several instances where Smith recognized the limits of free markets in promoting overall wellbeing.
Description of J.M. Keynes’ Life and Theory, 1999
An overview of Keynes and his contributions to economics by former U.S. Labor secretary Robert Reich. This Time magazine profile emphasizes that governments must play an important role in managing the economy by deficit spending to avert crises.
An Introduction to Dependency Theory, 1996
Political Scientist Vincent Ferraro summarizes the major arguments of dependency theory, a school of thought that attributes poverty in developing countries to exploitation by wealthy nations. According to dependency theorists, governments of poor countries need to support domestic industries by regulating trade in order to improve living standards.
Freedom Charter, 1955
“The People Shall Share in the Country’s Wealth!” Drafted in 1955, the Freedom Charter laid out the African National Congress’s economic program by advocating for redistribution of wealth and the nationalization of key industries.
Solidarity’s Original Program, 1981
Calling for a “new socioeconomic system,” the illegal Polish union Solidarity outlined its economic program at its first national congress in Gda–sk, Poland and called for a system of democratic workers’ co-operatives. Note: This is a different translation than the one cited in the book, as that version is not available online.
Argentina: Nunca Más, September 1984
The full report by CONADEP, the National Commission on the Disappearance of Persons, examines at the disappearance of more than 9,000 Argentines between 1976 and 1983.
Chilean Truth Commission Report, 1993
The full Chilean Truth Commission report, also known as the Rettig Report, documents thousands of human rights abuses during the US-backed Pinochet regime.
Nunca Mais/Torture in Brazil, 1998
An excerpt from Brazil’s truth commission report covering abuses from 1964-1979. Secretly written by the Archiodese of São Paulo, this is the only independent truth commission report released in South America.
Hearings before South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 1996-1997
The detailed transcripts from hearings that took place in South Africa between 1996 and 1997, and that document torture and assault throughout the apartheid regime.
Final Report of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, 2003
The commission’s lengthy final report with a foreword by Archbishop Desmond Tutu.