Date finished: January 18th 2016

Once in a while, you come across a non-fiction book that hits you like a ton of bricks. As far as I remember, the last one to do this to me was Owen Jones’ The Establishment. Non-fiction resonates with us in a different way to fiction. Fiction appeals to our imagination; how we believe the world should be. Non-fiction deals in cold hard facts: how the world really is. The latter, when done correctly, is far more shocking.

Such is the case in Naomi Klein’s incendiary polemic The Shock Doctrine, which explores the insidious agenda of “disaster capitalism”. Based on the economic ideology of Milton Friedman and married to the torture and methods of psychological warfare conducted by the CIA, disaster capitalism is the exploitation of natural and artificial catastrophes for the financial gain of a small corporate elite. This goes from the relatively…

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