The Shock Doctrine

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The Shock Doctrine
Matt Linseman

The Shock Doctrine describes the concept of “disaster capitalism” where the “the powers that be” exploit the current social and economic systems in place to gain an advantage over the general population and in turn achieve their ultimate goal of generating any type of profit or power possible. Naomi Klein’s book describes how free market policies have come to dictate the world with the help of disaster manipulation, torturous exercises and shock of all kinds implemented upon countries as well as individuals themselves for profit and power gain.

Naomi Klein dissects this theory in her book by illustrating countless unfortunate events that have happened across the globe such as revolutions, terrorist attacks, market meltdowns, wars and natural disasters and how “disaster capitalism” is implemented behind the scenes while these events take place. “Friedman defines these orchestrated raids on the public sphere in the wake of catastrophic events, combined with the treatment of disasters as exciting ‘market opportunities’ or ‘disaster capitalism.’”(p6) It’s interesting because critics have been known to label Klein as a kind of conspiracist due to the nature and tone of her writing, though she does backup her arguments. She also follows the actions of a man named Milton Friedman throughout her book; she describes him as “a grand guru of the movement for unrestricted capitalism and for writing the rulebook for the contemporary, hypermobile global economy.”(p5)

The “implementers,” as I call them, are the ones that commit this exploitation and some types of executioners of this shock doctrine include: the bankers applying economic shock on their country’s economic sector, the scientists applying electric shock on their experimental patients and governments and leaders applying free market policies on their societies for their own…...

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