Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Shock Doctrine

I have been reading Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. What an incredible book. Well researched and intelligently written. And totally terrifying. The book is about the rise of disaster capitalism, which she defines as, “using the public’s disorientation following massive collective shocks—wars, terrorist attacks, or natural disasters—to achieve control by imposing economic shock therapy. Sometimes, when the first two shocks don’t succeed in wiping out resistance, a third shock is employed: the electrode in the prison cell or the Taser gun on the streets.” I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

As with most books that I read, I try to find a musical companion. For this one, I bring you Pearl Jam’s Rearview Mirror . . . . “Saw things / Clearer / Once you, were in my . . . Rearviewmirror.”


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