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Naomi Klein

Becoming Shock Resistant: Confronting the Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Date Recorded: Feb 4th, 2007
Recorded At: The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives in British Columbia’s 10th Anniversary Fundraiser in Vancouver.
Recorded By: Thomas Hicks, Necessary Voices Society
Duration: 58:45  

Topic Background

In her most recent book, The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. For years, she contends,right wing governments have been elected on the promise that neo-liberalism is good economic medicine – even if it has painful side effects. That promise, Klein explains, has now been so widely rejected that neo-liberals have turned to exploiting terrorist attacks, wars, natural disasters and other catastrophes to advance their economic goals.

In this newest work, Naomi Klein exposes the thinking and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades,and traces how extreme free-market policies have long relied on violence and manufactured crises, from Chile to Canada.
Klein offers solutions for progressives who hope for a better world, arguing that information is the most effective tool of shock resistance.

Speaker Biography

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestseller No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Translated into 28 languages and with more than a million copies in print, The New York Times called No Logo “a movement bible.”

Naomi Klein writes a regular column for The Nation and The Guardian that is syndicated internationally by The New York Times Syndicate. A collection of her work, Fences and Windows: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Globalization Debate was published in 2002. In 2004, she released The Take, a feature documentary about Argentina’s occupied factories, co-produced with director Avi Lewis.

She is a former Miliband Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds an honorary Doctor of Civil Laws from the University of King’s College in Halifax. She was voted 11th, the highest ranked woman, in the Global Intellectuals Poll—a list of the world’s top public intellectuals compiled by Prospect Magazine, in conjunction with Foreign Policy Magazine.

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