Die Schock-Strategie

Der Aufstieg des Katastrophen-Kapitalismus (Fischer-Taschenbücher #17407)

Paperback, 763 pages

German language

Published Jan. 31, 2012 by Fischer-Taschenbuch-Verlag.

ISBN:
9783596174072
OCLC Number:
815882834

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Die Schock-Strategie: Der Aufstieg des Katastrophen-Kapitalismus ist ein im September 2007 in deutscher Übersetzung aus dem Englischen erschienenes kapitalismuskritisches Buch der kanadischen Journalistin Naomi Klein. Die Autorin führt anhand von zeitgeschichtlichen Beispielen aus, wie Schocks wirtschaftlicher oder militärischer Art und Naturkatastrophen dazu genutzt werden können, über politischen Einfluss Privatisierungen nach dem Modell der Chicagoer Schule und insbesondere Milton Friedmans in nationalen Volkswirtschaften gegen den politisch artikulierten Willen der Mehrheit der Bevölkerung durchzusetzen.

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It's been awhile since I've read this, but the history and thesis is interesting. It cannot be denied that the current version of capitalism sees the rich benefit off of disaster. Recessions come and go and the rich get richer from them, the poor poorer. More recently, we've seen episodes such as Texan companies during the current freeze making money while utterly failing at their jobs. (As example, see here: www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/jerry-jones-profits-from-texas-power-outages-as-gas-prices-skyrocket/ar-BB1dNoj1)



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primary critique one might level at this work is that capitalism is supposed to be about free markets, and so one may try to argue this isn't 'really' capitalism. This ignores that capitalism has many different definitions, and frankly the one that sees the most usage today is the simple, straight-forward one you'd expect: a system devoted to the pursuit of capital. This also ignores that the hypocrisy started on the other side: people talked about …

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Subjects

  • Financial crises
  • Capitalism
  • Free enterprise
  • Corporate power
  • Disasters
  • Economic history

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