Essay `` The Shock Doctrine `` By Naomi Klein

1462 Words Dec 4th, 2015 6 Pages
Naomi Klein argues that what happened in Iraq, and is part of a broader trend globally, is in many ways the opposite of economic and human development. Explain what she means, provide examples from Iraq, and argue EITHER in support of her analysis, or against her analysis.

The argument presented by Naomi Klein in her work, “The Shock Doctrine” is that the privatization of the government in the form of disaster capitalism, as seen after the Invasion of Iraq, is counter to economic growth and human development.1 Disaster and crisis was used to swiftly implement the radical privatization that had been slowly creeping into government during the 90’s. This is mirrored dramatically by the War in Iraq and the events leading up to it. Despite being broad and not taking into account every factor, her analysis in many ways accurately describes the current global trend of disaster capitalism by creating a market for crisis and war.
Prior to Invasion of Iraq, the framework to implement the privatization was already being established. The Bush Administration, including Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney, had been pushing for the hollowing of the government by contracting the work to private corporations. These contracts are often offered under the table with limited competition and little oversight. Examples of this include contracting the government 's information technology systems to Lockheed-Martin and military support to Halliburton, both part of the military industrial complex. The…

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