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Naomi Klein strikes back at critics of her ‘Shock Doctrine’ book (September 11, 2008)
“Responding to critics from the libertarian Cato institute and The New Republic.”

Jan Frel: Why can’t the U.S. have the debate about Naomi Klein’s book that Europe has? (September 21, 2007)
“In Europe and Canada debate is raging about Naomi Klein’s new book on disaster capitalism, The Shock Doctrine. This interview with Klein considers why U.S. public debate is unable to ask fundamental questions about our economic system.”

Naomi Klein: America’s deadly shock doctrine in Iraq (September 14, 2007.)
“This excerpt from Naomi Klein’s controversial new book, ‘The Shock Doctrine’, explains how the U.S. set about to destroy the Iraqi national psyche and then push through a disastrous privatization of its economy.”

Cato Institute

Johan Nordberg: The Klein Doctrine: The rise of disaster polemics (Briefing Paper no. 102, May 14, 2008, 20 p.)
“Klein’s analysis is hopelessly flawed at virtually every level.”
See reply from Naomi Klein (AlterNet, September 11, 2008) – and about the institute at SourceWatch


Alexander Cockburn: On Naomi Klein’s ‘The Shock Doctrine’ (September 22/23, 2007)
“Klein’s outrage is admirable. Her specific exposes across six decades of infamy are often excellent, but in her larger ambitions her metaphors betray her. From the anti-capitalist point of view she’s too gloomy by half. A capitalism that thrives best on the abnormal, on disasters, is by definition in decline.”

Democracy Now!

Alan Greenspan vs. Naomi Klein (September 24, 2007)
“In a Democracy Now! exclusive debate, former federal reserve chairman Alan Greenspan and journalist Naomi Klein square off on the Iraq war, oil, President Bush tax cuts, social security, economic populism in Latin America, corruption and crony capitalism.”

The Shock Doctrine: Naomi Klein on the rise of disaster capitalism (September 17, 2007)
“In her first national broadcast interview since the publication of ‘The Shock Doctrine’, Klein joins us in our firehouse studio for the hour.”

Green Left Weekly

Stu Harrison: Milton Friedman’s terrible legacy (Issue 739, 13 February 2008)
“Milton Friedman’s death was greeted by a tide of obituaries in the mainstream press in support of the world renown ‘libertarian’ economist. Yet very few cared to mention the various example countries he had made his work over his life.”

In Defence of Marxism

Barbara Humphries: Review of ‘Disaster capitalism’ by Naomi Klein – Capitalism is a disaster (27 February 2008)
“I would urge everyone to read this book for an overview of the past thirty years of economic and political development worldwide … The only things missing is a perspective for how to remove the cause of all this, capitalism, but that is up to the Marxists to offer.”

In These Times

Christopher Hayes: The new road to serfdom (November 9, 2007)
“Over the course of 500 pages, Klein documents the moments of chaos and disruption that allow a small coterie of experts to swoop in and administer what’s invariably called ‘bitter medicine’, ‘painful reforms’ or ‘shock therapy’ … If The Shock Doctrine overreaches at times, its central contention is spot on. The force and permanence of a book like this can change outlooks and systems.”

International Socialism

Neil Davidson: Shock and awe (Issue 124, Autumn 2009, p.159-177)
“[The book] is an important work. Although, as we have seen, it draws on David Harvey in some respects, it presents an argument about neoliberalism in terms far more comprehensible to non-academic activists than the jargon of, say, ‘the spatial fix’. The very fact of its popularity does, however, place an onus on Klein’s fellow members of the radical left to draw friendly but critical attention to its weaknesses.”

International Socialist Review

Ben Dalbey: Investing while there’s still blood on the ground (Issue 58, March–April 2008)
“Has capitalism really ever been anything other than ‘corporatist’? Can capitalism exist without violence, and is the symbiotic relationship between profit and misery really a new phenomenon? … I believe the answers to these questions cannot be adequately answered – nor can the problems of our world’s economic and political system be adequately solved – within the bounds of the Keynesian framework Klein seems to offer as a solution. Nonetheless, Klein’s book should be read, discussed, and debated …”

Left Business Observer

Doug Henwood: Awe, shocks! (Issue 117, March 2008)
“As do many partisans of the global justice movement, Klein exhibits a nostalgia for the Keyensian welfare state model that prevailed in many rich countries in the decades following World War II … Using words like ‘Friedmanite’ and ‘neoliberalism’ is a way to avoid talking about capitalism in any systemic fashion. When Klein does address systemic issues, she professes that she’s not anticapitalist, but prefers a form of managed or welfare capitalism.”

Left Turn

A people’s history of shock and awe (Issue 27, Jan/Feb 2008)
“Naomi Klein chronicles a violent, global ‘revolt of the elites’ in her latest book The Shock Doctrine. In this interview with Left Turn editor Pranjal Tiwari, she explains how neoliberalism represents the counter-revolution of capital and thrives on disasters, wars, and crises to spread throughout the world.”


Patrick Bond: In defence of Naomi Klein’s analysis of South Africa (September 2008)
“In response to Beware Electocrats: Naomi Klein on South Africa by Ronald Suresh Roberts in Radical Philosophy.

London Review of Books

Stephen Holmes: Free-Marketeering (Vol.30, No.13, 3 July 2008)
“Klein is an energetic and insatiably curious traveller who seems to have something vivid and illuminating to report about almost every part of the world. Some might feel, however, that she skips lightly over evidence that complicates her narrative of innocence besieged by corruption.”

Monthly Review

Michael Gould-Wartofsky: Disaster Capitalism: An offer you can’t refuse – or can you? (Vol.60, No.1, May 2008)
“… in many of the places ravaged by disaster capitalism, we find ‘shock resistance’ and ‘people’s reconstruction’ today on the upsurge … While Klein sometimes pauses to recognize the resistance – for which the ruling class needs its cattle prods and taser guns – the people themselves demand a more central place. Some readers may also find themselves asking a simple question: Isn’t all capitalism disaster capitalism?”

NACLA : North American Congress on Latin America

Greg Grandin: Body Shocks: A 40th anniversay conversation with Naomi Klein (Vol. 40, No. 6, November/December 2007)

One year after the publication of The Shock Doctrine, a response to the attacks (September 2nd, 2008)
“In recent months, several articles and reports have come out claiming to debunk my thesis. The most prominent are a ‘background paper’ published by The Cato Institute, extended into a full length book in Swedish (!), and a lengthy essay in The New Republic by senior editor Jonathan Chait.”
The article is also online at AlterNet.

The Nation

Naomi Klein: Disaster Capitalism: State of extortion (July 21, 2008)
“As the planet is rocked by multiple shocks, here’s a look at how disaster capitalists are reaping the benefits – leveraging the Iraq War, the push for arctic drilling and the global food crisis.”

Video: The Shock Doctrine (September 18, 2007, 8 minute)
“Nation columnist Naomi Klein explores a key argument from her new book.”

Naomi Klein: Latin America’s shock resistance (November 26, 2007)
“Recent events in the region show how societies can recover from extreme capitalism.”

New Left Review

Michael Hardt: The violence of capital (Issue 48, November-December 2007, p.153-160)
“Neoliberal transformations, from Chile to occupied Iraq, as instances of a ‘disaster capitalism’ enabled by socio-economic and ecological trauma.”

The New York Times

Joseph E. Stiglitz: Bleakonomics (September 30, 2007)
“Klein is not an academic and cannot be judged as one. There are many places in her book where she oversimplifies. But Friedman and the other shock therapists were also guilty of oversimplification, basing their belief in the perfection of market economies on models that assumed perfect information, perfect competition, perfect risk markets. Indeed, the case against these policies is even stronger than the one Klein makes.”

Permanent Revolution

Tina Purcell: Powerful narrative but shame about the theory (Issue 7, Winter 2007)
“At the heart of The Shock Doctrine lies a misunderstanding of the nature of capitalist society and the capitalist state. The brutal repression and economic avarice that the book so powerfully describes is not the sole preserve of the followers of Milton Friedman … Notwithstanding these criticisms, the book is a well-researched exposé of capitalism at its most savage and deserves to be read.”

Red Pepper

After shock (October/November 2007)
“From Poland to Iraq and from China to New Orleans, neoliberalism has risen on the back of what Naomi Klein calls ”˜disaster capitalism’. She spoke to Oscar Reyes about her new book, The Shock Doctrine, and new forms of resistance.”

Socialist Review

The Shock Doctrine (October 2007)
“Naomi Klein talks about her new book with Chris Nineham and discusses some of the controversies it has raised.”

Socialist Worker (US)

A system built on crisis and violence (Issue 656, December 14, 2007)
“Naomi Klein’s new book is an indictment of capitalism and the free-market system in the era of neoliberalism and the ‘war on terror’. During her tour to promote the book, she sat down with Anthony Arnove to talk about some of the themes she takes up in The Shock Doctrine, and the questions she’s encountered at her appearances.”


Pat Longman: Keeping the victims in disaster mode (3/126, 7 February 2008)
“This book is well researched; particularly well worth a read are the chapters on Russia and South Africa. However, because the main focus of the book is on the development and implementation of ‘disaster capitalism’ throughout the world, without any critical analysis of left political movements, the reader comes away with the depressing impression that workers and the left are always destined to be victims, and not architects of our own destiny.”

World Socialist Web Site

Nick Beams: A superficial analysis of global capitalism, Part 1-2 (27-28 February 2008)
“Her central argument is that it is not necessary to overturn the capitalist profit system – indeed that would represent simply another version of the ‘fundamentalism’ that characterises ‘free market doctrines’. On the contrary, another way can be found, based on returning to the so-called Keynesian measures – government intervention and regulation – that were employed during the post-World War II boom.”
See also Letters (3 March 2008).

A World to Win

Peter Arkell: Global shock therapy (2007)
“The book is a brilliant investigative report on the recent history of the world, an analysis of how the US government and its agencies were able to impose their brutal agenda wherever the conditions allowed. For all that, The Shock Doctrine fails to place the story in the context of the developing crisis and the contradictions of global capitalism as a system.”

Z Magazine

Joshua Sperber: Book review (Vol.20, No.12, December 2007)
“Whereas The Shock Doctrine provides an excellent description of contemporary capitalism, it largely fails to explain it. Klein’s erroneous conception of capitalism has her focusing on individual actors instead of larger transformations affecting the postwar economy.”


Walden Bello: Power, passion, and neoliberalism (November 24, 2007)
“Klein’s account is superb, but it is not without its flaws. For one, Klein has too rosy a view of the Keynesian state that reigned in the United States and Europe and the developmental state that dominated the Southern Cone in the period from late the 1940s to the mid-70s.”


The Shock Doctrine (September 8, 2007, 6:47 min.)
“An spanish subtitled short film by Alfonso Cuaron regarding Naomi Klein’s research on Disaster Capitalism.”


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