The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

I usually resist blogging excerpts of excerpts, but I can’t resist here; at Techyum, Violet pulls a great quote from Naomi Klein’s interview in Salon, wherein she talks about her book  The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism:

There is a new level of integration between homeland security companies and media companies. General Electric, which owns NBC, has been in the weapons industry for some time but has become very active in the homeland security business. They recently purchased InVision, which provides bomb detection for airports. Since 9/11 InVision has received $15 billion in contracts from the Department of Homeland Security — more such contracts than any other company. A company like that gains from the atmosphere of crisis and fear that is spread through media outlets. It’s war against evil everywhere with no end. That’s a war that can’t be won, and you couldn’t ask for a more profitable business plan. The only thing that threatens it is peace.

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