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The Shock Doctrine
Posted to: <Ned> Front Porch by John Powers (139), Sun, 09 Sep 2007 17:11:09 PDT
Edited: Sun, 09 Sep 2007 17:15:18 PDT
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I don't know how to embed a Youtube video into pages here at <Ned> but I think this video a film by Alfonso Cuaron and Naomi Klein, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" is so important to discuss. Please embed it in the threads if you know how.
I also know that many people here cannot view videos. A transcription of the beginning part of this film would be very difficult. Here is the link to Naomi Klein's pages at her Web site. From there there are links to reviews of the book.
In particular is a review at MacLeans which is an interview of Klein by Kenneth Whyte (It's easier to read the article on Klein's Web site). Whyte begins the interview with this:
"There's a school of thought that free markets and democracy go hand in hand and together they make people free and prosperous. You're arguing that free-market ideology has triumphed around the world not because people have embraced the market but because the ideology has been imposed on them, often in moments of distress. Furthermore, these moments of distress have sometimes been created by governments as a pretext to bring in free-market policies. To top it all off, the policies haven't really worked. They've just enriched the people who introduced them. How's that for a summary?"
Vic Wagner in a review in The Toronto Star makes the point:
"In other words, instead of being consigned to pointy-headed discussion in unread academic journals, it is a book that has the potential to become a lightning rod of controversy and debate."
I hope others here will watch the film, or part of it, or explore some of the press around the book. The book itself will be released in the USA on Sept. 18th. The substance of Klein's study is very much worthy of debate.
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