Based on breakthrough historical research and four years of on-the-ground reporting in disaster zones, The Shock Doctrine vividly shows how disaster capitalism – the rapid-fire corporate reengineering of societies still reeling from shock ... The Shock Doctrine follows the application of these ideas though our contemporary history, showing in riveting detail how well-known events of the recent past have been deliberate, active theatres for the shock doctrine, among them: Pinochet’s coup in Chile in 1973, the Falklands War in 1982, the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, the Asian Financial crisis in 1997 and Hurricane Mitch in 1998.
--Excerpted from the summary of Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
"A crisis is a terrible thing to waste," Harper said Tuesday after making a joint $500-million transit announcement with McGuinty.
"For Canada, the (economic) crisis does represent an extraordinary opportunity to invest in today's needs, and in the process, prepare our country for renewed growth when the recovery comes."