Shock Doctrine

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May, 8, 2012
Shock Doctrine Through history wars and natural disasters have been part of the adversities humanity has suffered. Mankind has managed to get ahead with theses adversities but it becomes hard to believe where blood, and pain takes place others can get benefits from death. Where some fight for a better equal society others are expecting to spend a disgrace to make money from it. In the book “The Shock Doctrine” by Naomi Klein, critiques how free market is dominating the world through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. America has become a corporatist state using the element of shock treatment among citizens. The term “disaster capitalism” first pointed out in the book by economist Milton Friedman claims that “whenever government have imposed sweeping free-market programs, the all-at-once shock treatment or shock therapy has been the method of choice” (8). Friedman observed only a crisis actual or perceived produces real change and the new fundamental change was a permanent reform. The reason is simple capitalism has always needed disasters to advance and the prefer method to achieve goals from corporations utilizing a collective trauma engage in radical social and economic engineering.

The shock therapy has helped America to become a corporative state where free market makes everything, it is the ultimate goal but hand with hand privatizing is what leads to corporations to a better success without of these disasters capitalism is not possible. Neoliberalism or globalization commonly named free trade is the way for the richer to get rich to expand their boundaries with other countries and get the biggest profit they could obtain. The corporations which main characteristic is huge transfer of public wealth to private hands or small group of people has the control. Every time a disaster happen these people…...

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