I’ve written on various occasions about disaster capitalism – how neoliberals exploit (and even create or simulate) disasters in order to dismantle social provisions and replace them with private, profit-making structures. See https://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2012/08/17/o-canada-when-right-wing-crisis-engineering-came-out-of-the-closet/ https://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2012/08/13/doomed-to-repeat-it-what-happens-to-countries-when-neoliberals-exploit-crisis/ and https://skwalker1964.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/proven-imf-brings-down-economies-intentionally/ as examples where it’s proven and documented.

This excellent article by @syzygysyzygysue (Twitter ID) touches on the same practice and its likely consequences for the US north-east after Hurricane Sandy. Please take a look.

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“When I wrote The Shock Doctrine, I was documenting crimes of the past. The good news is that this is a crime in progress; it is still within our power to stop it. Let’s make sure that, this time, the good guys win.”

Naomi Klein writing about Hurricane Sandy and how there already attempts to use Sandy’s destructive power as a cash grab for large corporations.

In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world– through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries. At the most chaotic juncture in Iraq’s civil war, a new law is unveiled that would allow Shell…

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