According to our Instagram poll asking what topic everyone was most interested in reading about next, capitalism stole the show. As it tends to.

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Back from our first break month (where our chapters worked on some amazing projects, from a prison book drive in Boston in solidarity with the national prison strike to a sold-out panel and spoken word performances in London!) and we're ready to dive right back into a major, fundamental, shocking read: none other than The Shock Doctrine by the brilliant Naomi Klein! Hailed as "the most important book on economics in the 21st century" and one of the "very few books that really help us understand the present", The Shock Doctrine explores some of the major moments from recent history, from the 1973 US coup in Chile that brought Pinochet to power to the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union to the 2003 invasion and military occupation of Iraq, to illustrate how the intentional creation of major crises ("shock therapy") is crafted and manipulated to push neo-liberal economic policies that now dominate the world. I.e. why capitalism sucks and how it came to rule.

This book is especially important and especially important now, as it A) helps us re-frame and re-understand the world as it is today and continues to be shaped with Trump and Trump-like politicians becoming ever-powerful, and B) brings back to life several key instrumental moments in recent history that we have started to conveniently wash away, forget about, and sanitize (*cough* John McCain is and always will be a war criminal and no amount of candy his war criminal colleague Bush passes to Michelle Obama will change that *cough*). Still yet, the US military occupation of Iraq is very much still ongoing and New Orleans has still not yet recovered from Katrina -- episodes which, through Klein's lens in The Shock Doctrine, we can learn so much about the role of intentional, global neo-liberal policies in shaping the world, and through it, re-understand recent history and contemporary global issues.



The Shock Doctrine (2007), Naomi Klein - Full PDF available here
(It's a bit longer than our usual reads, but read as much as you can and we'll discuss at the end of the month!) 

Translated to various international languages for purchase, here

(As always, please email us at if you are not financially (or politically) able to purchase a book and cannot read the PDF linked above, and we can mail you a free copy while supplies last!) 


+ Additional resources, primary documents, and related articles on The Shock Doctrine on the book's website
+ "Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems", essay by George Monbiot in the Guardian
+ "How to Resist Trump's Shock Doctrine", a video providing an overview of a 5-step plan of resistance by Naomi Klein on the Intercept 
+ The Battle for Paradise (2018), Naomi Klein
+ Naomi Klein's writing (in English & Portuguese) for the Intercept
+ "How shocking events can spark positive change", Naomi Klein's Ted Talk
+ "The Economic Hitman", a 3 minute youtube clip on the relationships between corporations, global economic policies, and the military industrial complex
+ Naomi Klein on capitalism and the climate, Ideas at the House podcast

* please note that the Winterbottom documentary The Shock Doctrine has been disowned by Naomi Klein and therefore would not be a sufficient additional resource or alternative to the book* 


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Leeds, England: Halima Nawaz / email

London, England: Alliyah Riaz & Maryam Abdullah / email

Newcastle, England: Amy Cass / email


Auckland, New Zealand: Zainab Baba / email

Sydney, Australia: Miriam Mubayyid / email


DATE: Sunday, September 30th
TIME: 10:00 AM CST
PLATFORM: Youtube Live, embedded below (or follow this link)

NAOMI KLEIN is an award-winning journalist, syndicated columnist and author of the international bestsellers (including This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs The Climate, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, and No Logo), and most recently became the inaugural Gloria Steinem Chair for Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University. In November 2016 she was awarded Australia’s prestigious Sydney Peace Prize, for, according to the prize jury, “exposing the structural causes and responsibility for the climate crisis, for inspiring us to stand up locally, nationally and internationally to demand a new agenda for sharing the planet that respects human rights and equality, and for reminding us of the power of authentic democracy to achieve transformative change and justice.” Klein is a member of the board of directors for climate-action group In 2015, she was invited to speak at the Vatican to help launch Pope Francis’s historic encyclical on ecology, Laudato si’. In 2017, Klein became Senior Correspondent for The Intercept. She is also a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute and contributor to the Nation Magazine. Recent articles have also appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, The Guardian, the London Review of Books and Le Monde. She has multiple honourary degrees and in 2014 received the International Studies Association’s IPE Outstanding Activist-Scholar award. 

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