Naomi Klein Launches New Book, 'The Shock Doctrine,' in NYC

 
Klein exposes how moments of collective crisis—9/11, the tsunami, or Hurricane Katrina for example—have been used as opportunities for rapid-fire corporate raids on societies reeling from shock. She calls this phenomenon disaster capitalism. In contrast to the popular myth of this movement’s peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies in so many parts of the world—from Chile to Russia, China to Iraq, South Africa to Canada. Often a refusal to comply results in distinctly more corporeal shocks: the shock of torture. Pinochet’s Chile and Guantánamo Bay are just two examples.

Don't miss Naomi Klein's first U.S. appearance to introduce her new book,
THE SHOCK DOCTRINE: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Sponsored by The New York Society for Ethical Culture, The Nation, and The Nation Institute.

***FREE***

Monday, September 17
6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

New York Society for Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West

The event will open with a viewing of “The Shock Doctrine: A Short Film”, created by Naomi Klein and Alfonso Cuarón (Children of Men, Y tu mamá también, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban), directed by Jonás Cuarón.

Followed by Naomi Klein's lecture and onstage interview with AMY GOODMAN of Democracy Now!

Audience Q & A and book signing will follow.

(Copies of The Shock Doctrine will be available for purchase at the event.)



The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
By Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine explodes the popular belief that free markets go hand in hand with democracy. Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting, Naomi Klein reveals that our world is increasingly in thrall to a little understood ideology that is conquering the globe by systematically exploiting moments of disaster and trauma. This is the shock doctrine. It is a strategy that has been evolving over the past thirty-five years. Beginning with the late Milton Friedman, one of the most influential economists in the world, it has been developed by his many powerful followers, including Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney.

Klein exposes how moments of collective crisis—9/11, the tsunami, or Hurricane Katrina for example—have been used as opportunities for rapid-fire corporate raids on societies reeling from shock. She calls this phenomenon disaster capitalism. In contrast to the popular myth of this movement’s peaceful global victory, Klein shows how it has exploited moments of shock and extreme violence in order to implement its economic policies in so many parts of the world—from Chile to Russia, China to Iraq, South Africa to Canada. Often a refusal to comply results in distinctly more corporeal shocks: the shock of torture. Pinochet’s Chile and Guantánamo Bay are just two examples.

Klein charts the rise of disaster capitalism from 1970s Latin America right up to the present day and, in particular, its devastating effect in Iraq. She argues that the war is being used to facilitate new markets for foreign investors, the ultimate goal being to create a model corporatist state in the Middle East.

The aim of The Shock Doctrine is to prepare us for the next shock. Once the mechanics of the doctrine are deeply and collectively understood, Klein believes whole communities become harder to take by surprise, more difficult to confuse. It is through information, she says, that we become shock resistant.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Her first book, the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies, was translated into twenty-eight languages and called “a movement bible” by The New York Times. She writes an internationally syndicated column for The Nation and The Guardian and reported from Iraq for Harper’s magazine. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis. She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College, Nova Scotia.



"Klein has turned globalism inside out, and given all of us a new way of looking at our seemingly unending disaster in Iraq."
-Seymour M. Hersh

"Packed with thinking dynamite."
-John Berger

"A long-needed analysis."
-Chalmers Johnson

"An essential book; only Klein could write it."
-Anthony Shadid

"Impassioned, hugely informative, wonderfully controversial, and scary as hell."
-John le Carré

"Brilliant."
-Howard Zinn

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