The Shock Doctrine
REVIEW by Willard Manus
is one of the most important investigative journalists of our time, right
up there with Seymour Hirsch and I.F. Stone. Her first book,No Logo: Taking
Aim At the Brand Bullies, was an international bestseller. This was followed
by the muckraking articles she wrote for The Nation, The Guardian and
Rolling Stone, in whose pages she recently published an expose of China's
high-tech police state, which she calls "market Stalinism" based
on American crime-control technology ("soon to be put into practice
here in this country").
The same shock therapy has been employed in many other parts of the world, Klein shows--namely our "shock and awe" policies in Iraq, the follow-up to the 2004 tsunami in Sri Lanka and Thailand, where "foreign investors and international lenders teamed up to use the atmosphere of panic to hand over the entire beautiful coastline to entrepeneurs who quickly built large resorts." The same story was repeated in New Orleans, post-Katrina, and in Burma, post-cyclone.
"Neo-liberalism belongs to the closed, fundamentalist doctrines that cannot co-exist with other belief systems," Klein charges. "The world as it is must be erased to make way for their purist invention. Rooted in biblical fantasies of great floods and fires, it is a logic that leads ineluctably towards violence."