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Der große Ausverkauf (2007)

The new hard-hitting documentary, The Big Sellout, challenges current economic orthodoxy in contending that the dogmatic claims of the international business establishment for neo-liberal ... See full summary »

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The new hard-hitting documentary, The Big Sellout, challenges current economic orthodoxy in contending that the dogmatic claims of the international business establishment for neo-liberal development policies are not supported by modern economic science. More importantly, it dramatically demonstrates how the implementation of these policies is having disastrous consequences for millions of ordinary people around the globe. Written by California Newsreel

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[Prof. Joseph E. Stiglitz is winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics 2001]
Joseph Stiglitz: I once made a comparison between certain aspects of the way economic policy is done and modern warfare. Modern warfare has tried to de-humanize, to take out the sympathetic element. So you drop bombs from 15,000 feet; you don't know who they are landing on, you don't see the damage. You are flying very high up, and it's almost like a video game. You talk about "body counts" - de-humanizing the whole process. ...
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Private profits, public distress
17 October 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie is a perfect illustration of Naomi Klein's book 'The shock doctrine' wherein the author clearly demonstrates that the 'free market' doctrine is a veiled vehicle for filling the wallets of private interests, with the help of their long arms, the IMF and the World Bank. One of the main commentators in this movie is Noble Prize winner J. Stiglitz who heavily criticized the operations and policies of the World Bank and the IMF in his books. The movie scrutinizes mainly four examples of privatization: water in Bolivia (the explosion of the water price provoked a popular revolt which forced a big transnational corporation to close its operations), railways in Great-Britain, electricity in South-Africa and health care in the Philippines. The devastating effect of the implementation of the 'free market' doctrine on innocent populations is most blatantly exposed in the last example, where ill and handicapped people are struggling to pay their medical bills (the cynical motto is 'pay or die'). Florian Opitz made a most convincing documentary on an ideological 'human scandal'. His movie is a must see for all those who want to understand the world we live in.


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