Naomi Klein

The Shock Doctrine
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
Around the world in Britain, the United States, Asia and the Middle East, there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos; exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally remake our world in their image. They are the shock doctors. Thrilling and revelatory, The Shock Doctrine cracks open the secret history of our era. Exposing these global profiteers, Naomi Klein discovered information and connections that shocked even her about how comprehensively the shock doctors' beliefs now dominate our world - and how this domination has been achieved. Raking in billions out of the tsunami, plundering Russia, exploiting Iraq - this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.
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Recent Articles

Essays Revisited: Reflecting on 9/11

Published in The Los Angeles Times.

Naomi was asked by the Los Angeles Times to revisit her early reflections on the September 11 attacks. Here is her short piece for the Times' "9/11: A Decade After" series.


Naomi Debunks "Ethical Oil" at Tar Sands Action

Naomi gave the following speech at the Tar Sands Action in Washington DC on September 3, 2011. Special thanks to Dahlman Cook Productions.


No Logo Makes Time's 100 Best Nonfiction Books List

Time Magazine just released its list of the "best and most influential" nonfiction books written in English since 1923, and Naomi's No Logo was chosen. Check out the list here.

Daylight Robbery, Meet Nighttime Robbery

Published in The Nation.

I keep hearing comparisons between the London riots and riots in other European cities—window smashing in Athens, or car bonfires in Paris. And there are parallels, to be sure: a spark set by police violence, a generation that feels forgotten.

But those events were marked by mass destruction; the looting was minor. There have, however, been other mass lootings in recent years, and perhaps we should talk about them too. There was Baghdad in the aftermath of the US invasion—a frenzy of arson and looting that emptied libraries and museums. The factories got hit too. In 2004 I visited one that used to make refrigerators. Its workers had stripped it of everything valuable, then torched it so thoroughly that the warehouse was a sculpture of buckled sheet metal.

Guest Blog: Milton Friedman's Little Shop of Horrors

Posted on Huffington Post

Although he passed away in 2006, states are now grappling with many of the toxic notions left behind by University of Chicago economist Milton Friedman.

In her groundbreaking book, The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein coined the term "disaster capitalism" for the rapid-fire corporate re-engineering of societies still reeling from shock. The master of disaster? Privatization and free market guru Milton Friedman. Friedman advised governments in economic crisis to follow strict austerity measures, combining radical cuts in social services with the full-scale privatization of their more lucrative assets. Many countries in Latin America auctioned off everything standing -- from energy and water utilities to Social Security -- to for profit multinational firms, crushing unions and other dissenters along the way.

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