Disaster Capitalism and the Baha'i Faith

Similarities and Differences

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Naomi Klein, in her book The Shock Doctrine, provides a thorough criticism of free market capitalism and challenges the view that it has been spread throughout the world peacefully. Her main premise is that disaster capitalists take advantage of opportune moments—moments in which societies find themselves in states of shock—to impose free market, neoliberal policies. The economic theories of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School are portrayed as forming an ideology that has dedicated followers and is responsible for grave injustices and suffering around the world. The Bahá’í Faith, a global religion founded in 19th century Persia, seemingly shares some ideological ground with Friedmanite capitalism as depicted in The Shock Doctrine. This paper will take a critical perspective and compare and contrast the two belief systems with an eye to exposing the elements of each which have led or could potentially lead to the perpetration of injustice and oppression

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