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Date: Saturday, September 08 2007

What events can people recall in Canadian history that would fit the formula for "Shock Doctrine"? Me thinks Meech Lake and FTA. 4Canada

Naomi Klein, author of No Logo, and Alfonso Cuaron, director of Children of Men, present a short film from Klein's new book
Globe and Mail Update
September 8, 2007 at 12:02 AM EDT

In Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, she argues that an idea that began with Chicago School economist Milton Friedman has determined much of the course of recent history – that a time of crisis, whether a war or a hurricane, offers a strategic opportunity to overwrite the resulting “blank slate” with market privatization and corporatism.

Ms. Klein traces the application of such “shock treatment” to Chile in the 1970s, Russia in the 1990s and elsewhere. She argues that “disaster capitalism” has exploited Sept. 11, Hurricane Katrina and Iraq. In this section, she considers the aftermath of George W. Bush's “anti-Marshall Plan”: Rather than help Iraqis rebuild their own economy, as the U.S. did in Germany in Japan in the 1940s, she says, they would permit Western corporations to remake Iraq in their own image. Things did not go as planned. But were some of those goals achieved?


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