‘Shock Doctrine’

Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change.

The short film below, written by Naomi Klein and directed by Alfonso Cuarón and Jonás Cuarón, uses this principle, put forth by economist Milton Friedman, to re-examine some of the fundamental events of our time, including 9/11 and the war on Iraq. It’s called “The Shock Doctrine,” and it’s meant to accompany Naomi Klein’s new book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. Take a look:

The Guardian has been running excerpts of Klein’s book all week (see one, two, three). I liked what she wrote about the days leading to the invasion of Iraq, but I think at times Klein’s writing in this excerpt is not precise enough or rigorous enough to fully back up her claims. Still, I’m intrigued.

(YouTube video via Amitava Kumar)

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