Disaster Capitalism

Disaster Capitalism

Antony Loewenstein

Language: English

Publisher: Verso

Published: Sep 1, 2015

Description:

Crisis? What crisis? How powerful corporations make a killing out of disaster

Award-winning journalist Antony Loewenstein travels across the US, Britain, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Australia to witness the reality of Disaster Capitalism—the hidden world of privatized detention centers and militarized private security, formed to protect corporations as they profit from war zones. He visits Britain’s immigration detention centers, tours the prison system in the United States, and digs into the underbelly of the companies making a fortune from them. Loewenstein reveals the dark history of how large multinational corporations have become more powerful than governments, supported by media and political elites.

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Review

“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.”
—Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything and *The Shock Doctrine*

“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.”
—Noam Chomsky

“A journey into a world of mutated economics and corrupt politics that we ignore at our peril.”
—John Pilger

“A devastating, incisive follow-up to Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine.”
—Jeremy Scahill

“Our economic system now depends upon transforming emergency relief, incarceration and the processing of asylum seekers into profits … [an] unnerving and convincing book.”
—Owen Hatherley, *Guardian*

“Antony Loewenstein offers us a superb description of the diminishing power of national governments and international organisations to exercise power in the modern world.”
—Robert J. Burrowes, *Lahore Times*

About the Author

Antony Loewenstein is an independent Australian journalist, documentary maker and blogger who has written for the BBC, the Nation and the Washington Post. He’s a weekly Guardian columnist and the author of three best-selling books, My Israel Question, The Blogging Revolution and Profits of Doom: How Vulture Capitalism is Swallowing the World. He is co-editor of After Zionism and Left Turn and co-writer of For God’s Sake. His books have been translated, and his journalism has been a finalist in many global awards. He’s currently working on a documentary about disaster capitalism.