Has some-one has been reading Richard K. Morgan?

So I’m perusing the book reviews and I run across this:

“The Take,” her 2004 documentary about a workers’ cooperative in Argentina produced with her husband, Avi Lewis, was being filmed when Carlos Saúl Menem, the former president who had presided over that county’s economic collapse, unsuccessfully attempted a dramatic comeback. Argentina was where Ms. Klein began to formulate her argument in “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” being released in the United States on Sept. 18.

“I felt it emotionally before I understood it factually,” Ms. Klein said during a recent visit to New York from her home in Canada. It was “blindingly obvious” to everyone there, she said, that there was a “connection between violence, the military coup and these economic policies that people didn’t want.”

This quote is taken from Free-Market Mischief in Hot Spots of Disaster , a review of the book: “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism,” by Naomi Klein, review written by Patricia Cohen and published in the 10-9-07 New York Times.

Seems very similar to the ideas posited by Richard Morgan in his work of fiction “Market Forces”:

Market Forces is a science fiction novel by Richard Morgan, first published in 2004. Set in 2049, it follows up and coming executive Chris Faulkner as he plunges into the profitable field of Conflict Investment. Major corporations invest in rebel armies, totalitarian dictatorships, freedom fighters, and terrorists by selling weapons and services in exchange for a percentage of a state’s GNP.

– from Market Forces in Wikipedia accessed 11-09-07.

Now I’m not saying anything about Ms. Klein, what I am saying is that I think that Science Fictions writers, and Morgan is just the example I use here, have been talking about disaster economics for years.

 P.S. Here is the Guardian’s take on Ms. Klein’s latest books.


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