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The Shock Doctrine:
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

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Naomi Klein Interview

Naomi Klein on Disaster Capitalism

Naomi Klein: "Shock Doctrine: Rise Of Disaster Capitalism"

Naomi Klein - The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Fascism, the model of statehood based on a symbiotic relation between the state and its chartered industrial corporations, served Franco in Spain, Benito Mussolini in Italy, Adolf Hitler in Germany, Hirohito in Japan, Stalin in the USSR, Mao Zedong in China, Pinochet in Chile and every American president beginning with Woodrow Wilson.

To create a political state in which the corporations reign supreme, the ideological pipe dream of Plutocrats, all one needs to do is employee the methods first scientifically cataloged by the CIA in the MKUltra experiments with the help of Donald Ewen Cameron.

In relating the history of a radical ideological crusade that has culminated in the privatization of war and disaster, one problem recurs: the ideology is a shape-shifter, forever changing its name and switching identities.

Milton Friedman called himself a "liberal."

American followers, who associated liberals with high taxes and hippies, identified themselves as "conservatives," and, later, as supply-siders in "Reaganomics".

In most of the world, their psychopathic vision is known as "neoliberalism," but it is often called "free trade" or simply "globalization." In the US they have been given the title neoconservative. In truth what is being built is neo-feudalism and the rulers sit in the corporate boardrooms.

Only since the mid-nineties has the faux intellectual movement, led by the right-wing think tanks with which Milton Friedman had long associations - Heritage Foundation, Cato Institute and the American Enterprise Institute - called itself "neoconservative," a worldview that harnessed the full force of the US military machine in the service of a corporate agenda.

All these incarnations share a commitment to the policy trinity - the elimination of the public sphere, total liberation for corporations and skeletal social spending - but none of the various names for the ideology seem quite adequate except the moniker neo-feudalism.

"A more accurate term for a system that erases the boundaries between Big Government and Big Business is not liberal, conservative or capitalist but corporatist. Its main characteristics are huge transfers of public wealth to private hands, often accompanied by exploding debt, an ever-widening chasm between the dazzling rich and the disposable poor and an aggressive nationalism that justifies bottomless spending on security. For those inside the bubble of extreme wealth forged by such an arrangement, there can be no more profitable way to organize a society. Because of the obvious drawbacks for the vast majority of the population left outside the bubble, other features of the corporate state tend to include aggressive surveillance (with government and large corporations trading favors and contracts), mass incarceration and shrinking civil liberties.

Milton Friedman framed his movement as an attempt to 'free the market from the state' claiming the state distorted 'market forces'.

In every nation where Chicago School policies were applied by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank over the past three decades what emerged was a powerful ruling alliance between a few very large corporations and a trans-national elite." - Naomi Klein



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"In Russia the billionaire private players in the alliance are called "the Oligarches"; in China, "the Princelings"; in Chile, "the Piranhas"; in America, Bush-Cheney gang "Pioneers". Far from freeing the market from the state, these political corrupt corporate elites have simply merged, trading favors to secure the right to appropriate precious resources previously held in the public domain - from Russia's oil fields, to China's collective lands, to the no-bid reconstruction contracts for work in Iraq." - Naomi Klein

As all tyrants have recognized throughout history the only way to break the will of a person or a people is to traumatize them. It is at this point that they are willing to take the 'bitter medicine' that will 'set them free' and allow the 'austerity measures' that 'balance the trade deficit'.

To that end the Corporate Intelligence Agency first had to devise multiple schemes with which to 'shock and awe' the target population during which measures could be put into place to divert attention and distract the population from the actual situation.

Specifically for social control purposes, both of individuals and of target populations, experiments were undertaken to determine the most feasible methods of control.

Respect for basic human rights took a backseat to the desire for control.

"We have allowed our institutions to be taken over in the name of a globalized American empire that is totally alien in concept to anything our founders had in mind. I suspect that it is far too late in the day for us to restore the republic that we lost a half-century ago." - Gore Vidal



isolation

Federal Judge: Extended Solitary Confinement
Causes "Lasting Psychological Damage and Emotional Harm"

"If you have gangrene in an arm, you have to cut it off."
Augusto Pinochet

"This is the habitual dualist's solution to the problem of dualism:
to solve the dilemma by chopping off one of the horns."
Alan Watts


Why Social Isolation Leads to Inflammation

In social isolation, brain makes less myelin

LSD, Hookers, Hit Men, and the Top Levels of the CIA

1957 CIA funds bizarre experiments on healthy confused individuals keeping them asleep and in isolation for weeks or months; administering doses of electroshock thirty to forty times the normal power; testing experimental drug cocktails which included neuroleptics, LSD, PCP and 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA), commonly known as ecstasy (E).

Many victims are normal people seeking relief from minor psychiatric ailments - postpartum depression, anxiety, even for help to deal with marital difficulties - and had been used, without their knowledge or permission, as human guinea pigs to satisfy the thirst for information on how to control human thought processes.

Project MKUltra eventually leads to the publication of the KUBARK Counterintelligence Interrogation manual which suggest the most effective method of passive enslavment is social isolation of the non-compliant.

1964 MKSEARCH designed to develop, test, and evaluate capabilities in the covert use of biological, chemical, and radioactive material systems and techniques for producing predictable human behavioral and/or physiological changes in support of highly sensitive operational requirements.

1973 CIA Director Richard Helms destroys all MKUltra files.

1975 Church Committee reports CIA and the DoD had conducted experiments on both unwitting and cognizant human subjects as part of an extensive program to influence and control human behavior through the use of psychoactive drugs such as LSD and mescaline and other chemical, biological, and psychological means.

Presidential-appointed commission releases information publicly that reveals that, days before his death, the CIA had surreptitiously dosed Olson with LSD.

Critical witnesses die strangely only days and weeks before they are to be questioned by prosecutors; government officials refused to speak and those that do suddenly developed severe amnesia; crucial documents disapear; investigators were intimidated and threatened.



dictatorship of debt

dictatorship of debt

Understandably unwilling to go to war with International Monetary Fund and the World Bank that controlled their debt, crisis-struck new democracies after World War II had to accept International Monetary Fund and the World Bank rules.

In the early eighties, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank rules got a great deal stricter. The debt shock coincided precisely, and not coincidentally, with a new era in relations, one that would make military dictatorships largely unnecessary. It was the dawn of the era of "structural adjustment" - otherwise known as the dictatorship of debt.

Milton Friedman's Chicago School of Economics was at work when China was cracked open to foreign investment. The wave of "economic reforms" that followed turned China into the sweatshop of the world.

90% of China's billionaires, "the Princelings", are the children of Communist Party officials.

Milton Friedman's Chicago School of Economics was at work in Russia after the fall of the USSR. Boris Yeltsin was convinced by the economists schooled in Milton Friedman's ideology.

"The real problem with the blame Russia narrative is that it preempts any serious examination of what the whole episode has to teach about the true face of the crusade for unfettered free markets, the most powerful political trend of the past three decades. The corruption of many of the oligarches is still spoken of as an alien force that infected otherwise worthy free-market plans. But corruption wasn't an intruder to Russia's free-market reforms: quick and dirty deals were actively encouraged by Western powers at every stage as the fastest way to kick-start the economy.

National salvation through the harnessing of greed was the closest thing Russia's Chicago Boys and their advisers had to a plan for what they were going to do after they finished destroying Russia's institutions. Nor were these catastrophic results unique to Russia; the entire thirty-year history of the Chicago School experiment has been one of mass corruption and corporatist collusion between security states and large corporations, from Chile's piranhas, to Argentina's crony privatizations, to Russia's oligarches, to Enron's energy shell game, to Iraq's "free fraud zone." The point of shock therapy is to open up a window for enormous profits to be made very quickly - not despite the lawlessness but precisely because of it." - Naomi Klein

Russian researchers expose breakthrough U.S. spying program





1996 US military publishes Shock and Awe: Achieving Rapid Dominance. This doctrine forms the basis of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The authors state that the invading force should "seize control of the environment and paralyze or so overload an adversary's perceptions and understanding of events so that the enemy would be incapable of résistance."

Although the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank have loaned money to 'undeveloped' countries the costs have been staggering. The International Monetary Fund and the World Bank does not make loans for altruistic purposes. Collateral for those loans include the borrowing countries infrastructure and natural resources. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund are increasingly forcing countries to privatize their infrastructure to be eligible for debt relief.

"The human costs of the International Monetary Fund's opportunism were nearly as devastating in Asia as in Russia.

The International Labor Organization estimates that a staggering 24 million people lost their jobs in this period. Indonesia's unemployment rate increased from 4 to 12%.

Thailand was losing 2,000 jobs a day at the height of the "reforms" - 60,000 a month. In South Korea, 300,000 workers were fired every month - largely the result of the International Monetary Fund' totally unnecessary demands to slash government budgets and hike interest rates.

By 1999, South Korea's and Indonesia's unemployment rates had nearly tripled in only two years.

As in Latin America in the seventies, what disappeared in these parts of Asia was what was so remarkable about the region's "miracle" in the first place: its large and growing middle class.

In 1996, 63.7% of South Koreans identified as middle class; by 1999 that number was down to 38.4%.

According to the World Bank, 20 million Asians were thrown into poverty in this period of what Rodolfo Walsh would have called "planned misery".

Fascist crusaders are slow learners when it comes to the unintended consequences of their policies.

The only lesson learned from the enormously lucrative Asian sell-off appears to have been yet more confirmation for the shock doctrine, more evidence that there is nothing like a true disaster, a genuine churning of society, to open up new economic frontiers.

A few years after the peak of the crisis, several prominent commentators were even willing to go so far as to say that what happened in Asia, despite all the devastation, was a blessing in disguise." - Naomi Klein

"George Walker Bush has said many times that he believes Usamah bin Mohammad bin Laden is evil because he uses violence to achieve a political objective - you know, like implementing regime change through shock and awe. Irony of the leader of the 'free' world." - Chris Yang

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