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The Shock Doctrine and the Bush Administration
A review of "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" by Naomi Klein.
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The paper discusses Naomi Klein's book "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" that charges that the Bush Administration capitalized on crises, both natural and created, to push through radical policies that consistently benefited the rich and powerful, to the detriment of "the little guy." The paper focuses on the Bush administration's shock doctrine after 9/11 and Katrina and discusses Klein's charge that the Bush administration "expertly exploited" the public's fear and shock. The paper also discusses the parking "crisis" experienced by the city of Chicago as one that exemplifies shock doctrine policies and shows how the parking privatization is an example of a solution put into place for the greater benefit of a few, rather than for the many.

Outline:
Introduction
Disaster Capitalism in Action: Hurricane Katrina
Conclusion

From the Paper:

"Naomi Klein's book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism makes a strong case against economist Milton Friedman's Chicago School and its claim of peaceful global revolution. Klein charges that the movement capitalized on crises, both natural and created, to push through radical policies that consistently benefited the rich and powerful, to the detriment of "the little guy." Klein cites several major world events, including the 1973 Chilean coup, the 1987 stock market crash, and the 2005 Asian tsunami, as cataclysmic events which became the impetus for change as engineered by subscribers to Friedman's philosophy. Early in the book, Klein explains exactly how the shock doctrine works: "The original disaster...puts the entire population into a state of collective shock...Like the terrorized prisoner who gives up the names of comrades and renounces his faith, shocked societies often give up things they would otherwise fiercely protect" (Klein, p. 20).
"The events of September 11, 2001, were real and tragic. More than three thousand Americans died. Two iconic buildings, representing American power and prestige, were destroyed. It was a terrible event and Americans were understandably shaken by the attack, the likes of which had not been seen since Pearl Harbor. Klein charges that the Bush administration "expertly exploited" (p. 20) the public's fear and shock."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, C. S., Mistry, R. S., & Bigler, R. S. (2007). Hurricane Katrina: African Americanchildren's perception of race, class, and government involvement amid a nationalcrisis. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy 7 (1), 2007, 191--208.
  • Cutter, S., & Smith, M. M. (2009). Fleeing from the hurricane's wrath: Evacuation and the two Americas. Environment 51 (2), 26--36.
  • Freemark, Y. (2010). Chicago's parking fiasco fails to stem calls for privatization ofinfrastructure. The Transport Politic 8/19/10. Retrieved from http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2010/08/19/chicagos-parking-fiasco-fails-to-stem-calls-for-privatization-of-infrastructure/
  • Isaacson, W. (2007). The greatest education lab. Time 9/17/2007, Retrieved from Newspaper Source database.
  • Klein, N. The shock doctrine: the rise of disaster capitalism. New York, Picador. 2007.

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