The Shock Doctrine: Disaster Capitalism

Posted: September 8, 2008 in 2007, Videos
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Naomi Klein – The Shock Doctrine – Part 1 of 6

The Shock Doctrine | Naomi Klein

The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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.


This resources section is intended to serve as a companion to The Shock Doctrine: See the book’s complete bibliography.

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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.

The Shock Doctrine Complete Bibliography

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Background on Economic Theories

Adam Smith
Developmentalism (also known as dependency theory)

Documents of Betrayal


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