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The Shock Doctrine (2009)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 3 March 2010 (France)
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An investigation of "disaster capitalism", based on Naomi Klein's proposition that neo-liberal capitalism feeds on natural disasters, war and terror to establish its dominance.

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Drawing surprising connections between market methods and CIA torture techniques developed in the 1950s, the film explores how well-known events of the recent past have been theaters for the shock doctrine, from Pinochet's coup in Chile, to the Tiananmen Square Massacre, to the war in Iraq today.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ewen Cameron Ewen Cameron ... Himself (archive footage) (as Dr. Ewen Cameron)
Janine Huard Janine Huard ... Herself
Naomi Klein ... Herself
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Milton Friedman ... Himself
Salvador Allende ... Himself (archive footage)
Donald O. Hebb Donald O. Hebb ... Himself - Doctor (as Donald Hebb)
Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage)
Edward Korry Edward Korry ... Himself - Former US Ambassador to Chile
Augusto Pinochet ... Himself (archive footage)
Margaret Thatcher ... Herself (archive footage)
Orlando Letelier Orlando Letelier ... Himself (archive footage)
Michael Townley Michael Townley ... Himself
Arnold Harberger Arnold Harberger ... Himself
Jorge Rafael Videla Jorge Rafael Videla ... Himself (archive footage) (as Jorge Videla)
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Naomi Klein gives a lecture tracing the confluence of ideas about modifying behavior using shock therapy and other sensory deprivation and modifying national economics using the "shock treatment" of Milton Friedman and the Chicago School. She moves chronologically: Pinochet's Chile, Argentina and its junta, Yeltsin's Russia, Bush and Bremer's Iraq. A trumped-up villain provides distraction or rationalization: Marxism, the Falklands, nuclear weapons, terrorists; and, always, there is a great shift of money and power from the many to the few. News footage, a narrator, and talking heads back up Klein's analysis. She concludes on a note of hope. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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3 March 2010 (France) See more »

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Naomi Klein: A state of shock is something that happens to us not only when something bad happens. It's what happens to us when we lose our narrative, when we lose our story, when we become disoriented.
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The Extremes
9 April 2013 | by sergepesicSee all my reviews

Obviously, the opinions about this powerful documentary will be sharply divided. Liberals, and proudly I am one of them, will approve and cheer, and conservatives will call it communist propaganda and other such drivel. I lived in both communist and capitalist society. With the incredible youthful passion I fought communism and it's limits on free speech and artistic expression. And over 22 years ago I immigrated to the USA. And, it was a sobering experience. There is a freedom of speech, nobody limits the artistic expression( mostly because nobody gives a damn about art-the dying form). And there is the most troubling of all for me. The mighty dollar, the only pertinent thing. It really is all about money. Everything else takes the back seat. The extremes of socialism didn't work, because repression doesn't last forever, but, on the other hand, the extremes of ruthless, greedy capitalism, do not work either. The culture of ME,ME,ME is ultimately barren and lonely, and the impoverished will eventually rise up in arms, and who wants that. Nobody reads the dusty volumes of history books. If they were, we might be living in a different world.


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