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Naomi Klein begins: "The inspiring overthrow of Hosni Mubarak is only the first stage of the Egyptian struggle for full liberation. As earlier pro-democracy movements have learned the hard way, much can be lost in the key months and years of transition from one regime to another. In 'The Shock Doctrine,' I investigated how, in the case of post-apartheid South Africa, key demands for economic justice were sacrificed in the name of a smooth transition. Here is that chapter."

Nelson Mandela, looking through the window of his prison cell, 1990. (photo:
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+2 # Ken Hall 2011-02-15 07:03
A blueprint for the marginalization of democratic populations and the ceding of power to multinational corporations. This is much the same way it was done in the US. Government was sold off to the highest bidder. Hail the Free Market, ruler of us all!
-2 # MidwestTom 2011-02-15 07:05
The largest challenges for South Africa lay ahead, the country is not expanding it's power generation; street crime is at an all time high; and the children of their remaining experienced managers are almost all leaving the country for the above reasons. The government refuses to rein in Mugabe in Zimbabwa, and wages for unskilled labor have risen to the point that exporting may soon become a problem. The expectations created by the change to black rule have not been met and realistically could not be met; what do the people do next?
-2 # Sean 2011-02-15 08:32
A well researched article with, undoubtedly much factual and statistical truth. However, as a South African, I must inform the writer and readers of this article of some sobering reality.

The nationalisation envisaged by Mr Mandela and many others would not ensure that benefit trickles down to the masses who need it most. As in most African countries, South African politicians (such as Julius Malema, the head of the ANC Youth League) espouse the virtues of socialism, nationalisation and the welfare of the poor.
However, they have miraculously become dollar-milliona ires in the past ten years in a country which economic state Ms Klein so clearly elucidates above.
Last year it is estimated that 250 billion rand was spent by ANC politicians on travel, entertainment and miscellaneous items, or simply unaccounted for. 58 Billion rand is needed to repair housing that was built inadequately over the last 17 years. Infrastructure, education and medical facilities are failing, not because of international debt but due to mismanagement, corruption, nepotism and poor governance.
Perhaps the Nationalist government foresaw the personal enrichment that is common to African politicians and tried to halt it pre-emptively. And I'm a liberal who abhors corporate control of states!
+3 # Gene Lawhorn 2011-02-15 10:50
The article is but one example of many of the detrimental effects of Neo-liberalism, or as known by many corporatism. Naomi Klein's book, " Shock Doctrine" is in my opinion one of the most important books written on contemporary economic and political issues. This is a powerful book with the knowledge every citizen needs to work to change the current economic paradigm.

This book pulls no punches, yet is not maliciously written. It is a well written well documented book that exposes the all to real harm caused by Milton Friedman's economic philosophy, and his band of followers who continue to wreck havoc on the economy of the world.
+1 # Willard Wheelock 2011-02-15 13:02
Brilliantly done and a clear picture of how we the people have been betrayed by the federal government we have stupidly allowed to hold office, regardless of "party" and sell us out to the Wall Street banksters and their partners in crime. The things fought for by the ANC and Mandela are things WE need to fight for but are ignored even in the so-called Bill of Rights, which is actually a list of privileges that can be abrogated anytime the oligarchs feel it's in their interest. Wake up and see what's been lost already. we have met the enemy and he is HERE!

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