The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein and Milton Friedman

Posted on September 20, 2007 
Filed Under Economy

This troubling little film by Alfonso “Children of Men” Cuarón and Naomi Klein, and directed by Jonás Cuarón, brings the stark realities of disaster capitalism, or what Klein calls The Shock Doctrine.

Immediately following September 11, the Bush Administration outsources the running of the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater.

After the tsunami wipes out the coasts of Southeast Asia, the beaches are auctioned off to tourist resorts.

New Orleans’s residents, scattered from Hurricane Katrina, discover that their public schools will never be reopened. Instead, following Friedman’s suggestion, the government replaced the school system with privately run charter schools.

Klein’s arguments make for compelling reading at The Guardian’s minisite or read the excerpts beginning here.


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