The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein
Some readers of Corrosivematerial.com may have noticed that this is the second or third time I (David) have mentioned this book. I reread The Shock Doctrine over the last week and I had to bring it up again. If you are a person who has been skeptical over the past 8 years about some of the actions of our Federal Government, read this book. If you know that something was fishy about the war in Iraq but you cant put your finger on it, read this book. If you thought the response to Katrina was deplorable, read this book. If you ask yourself why do they torture? Then read this book. There are so many interesting details about the aftermath of the Tsunami is Sri Lanka it should amaze you. The reason I advise this book is because any suspicions you have about the Bush years, and the 30 years prior, will come busting through the seams with vivid clarity. I fact checked many of her claims and sources on my second time around, and if you want to dismiss this as a crackpot conspiracy theory I suggest you do the same as you read it. You will be suprised at how many “credible” sources she has to back up her claims. You also may think that reading this will make you feel like you are focusing on the past. I promise you that will not be the case, it will explain things that are happening today even in this administration as well as things to come.
For those of you that want a visual introduction:
At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell and BP to claim the country’s vast oil reserves…. Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration quietly out-sources the running of the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater…. After a tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the pristine beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts…. New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public housing, hospitals and schools will never be reopened…. These events are examples of “the shock doctrine”: using the public’s disorientation following massive collective shocks – wars, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters — to achieve control by imposing economic shock therapy. Sometimes, when the first two shocks don’t succeed in wiping out resistance, a third shock is employed: the electrode in the prison cell or the Taser gun on the streets.