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The creators of Debtocracy, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization and search for clues on the day after Greece's massive privatization program.

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The creators of Debtocracy, analyze the shifting of state assets to private hands. They travel round the world gathering data on privatization and search for clues on the day after Greece's massive privatization program.

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Fear propaganda at its best
15 June 2012 | by (France) – See all my reviews

This is a travesty. An exercise in fear propaganda. And a nice one once you are not aware of the historical details or you don't care. In order to work the people who supported these measures in the vain hope of feeding their own greed are cut off from the guilt as the leaders become somehow disconnected from their electorate.

Alexander Buzgalin. Talks about the price of an industrial building in Siberia. He talks about the price to build something similar. But he implies the market value for a building in the middle of nowhere should be the one in the accountancy books. Fake. The value is zero. The infrastructure is bad. The workers and drivers are unruly. But this is impossible to comprehend to people born and raised by the communists and their inflated dreams of grandeur.

Zoom to Boris Kagarlitsky. Who sells a crude example of a blend of stupidity of a corrupted official and the corruption of a state who grew oligarchs as a good example of… what? The viewer is lead with cut up inserts of a larger speech of Naomy Klein to accept the thesis of the producers: some occult power has date raped Russia and gave all the valuables to some unruly oligarchs who create chaos even in the West.

Even Naomi Klein succumbs to become a propaganda monger. AIDS was not the result of privatization, but the consequence of Russians not willing to work for reaching the perceived level of the Western lives and starting prostitution rings from Japan to US. AIDS was barely known behind the Iron Courtain precisely for the strong enforcement of prostitution laws and isolation from foreigners.

And this is only a glimpse in the first 5 minutes. Of almost 90 minutes!


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