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Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe

How Capitalism makes a fortune from disaster, poverty and catastrophe

Disaster has become big business. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity.

Reviews

  • “Chilling study, based on careful and courageous reporting, and illuminated with perceptive analysis, helps us understand all too well the saying that man is a wolf to man.”
  • “A journey into a world of mutated economics and corrupt politics that we ignore at our peril.”
  • “The forces of disaster capitalism are increasingly on the defensive, but their attacks on the global commons have expanded in the years since I wrote The Shock Doctrine. I am very grateful that Antony Loewenstein has brought his meticulous reporting to this subject, and the result is a keenly observed and timely investigation into rampant resource plunder, privatized detention centers, and an array of other forms of corporate rapacity on four continents. This book will serve as a potent weapon for shock resistors around the world.”
  • “A devastating, incisive follow-up to Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine.”
  • “Antony Loewenstein offers us a superb description of the diminishing power of national governments and international organisations to exercise power in the modern world.”
  • “Our economic system now depends upon transforming emergency relief, incarceration and the processing of asylum seekers into profits … [an] unnerving and convincing book”

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