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.


Naomi Klein (based on the book by)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Janine Huard Janine Huard ... Self
Ewen Cameron Ewen Cameron ... Self (archive footage) (as Dr. Ewen Cameron)
Naomi Klein ... Self
Milton Friedman ... Self
Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Self (archive footage) (as Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
Salvador Allende ... Self (archive footage)
Arnold Harberger Arnold Harberger ... Self (archive footage)
Donald O. Hebb Donald O. Hebb ... Self - Doctor (as Donald Hebb)
Richard Nixon ... Self (archive footage)
Edward Korry Edward Korry ... Self - Former US Ambassador to Chile
Augusto Pinochet ... Self (archive footage)
Margaret Thatcher ... Self (archive footage)
Orlando Letelier Orlando Letelier ... Self (archive footage)
Michael Townley Michael Townley ... Self (archive footage)
Jorge Rafael Videla Jorge Rafael Videla ... Self (archive footage) (as Jorge Videla)


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 <>

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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 Shock of Truth
30 December 2017 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

It is as old as humankind is, but we only react when our stomachs are empty (and that is not a privilege of Marxist regimes). All over the world the ordinary people look the other way when told that actions have always been taken to control our planet (and of course its economy). I was not surprised with what I saw and heard in this fine documentary, but my info about the who, what, where and when of the whole Neoliberalism business was too vague. Therefore, when I see a film like this I appreciate to be illustrated, but I am mainly surprised at the wickedness of some human beings. My only regret is that "The Shock Doctrine" is a product from a specific time; it was made in the first decade of this century, so it ends with the Obama government. Nevertheless, the information it gives us is still valid to analyze the present. If you prefer to label this as leftist, propaganda or biased thought, well, it is your right to do so and believe in what you want. From my perspective, I do believe that such option leads us all to remain blindfold. I do not pretend things are exactly as described here, but the film does help to make us aware, a bit wiser and conscious that our rights are violated on a daily basis. We best stop believing it happens in "other countries". All of us, up and down, left and right, white and black, are subject to the decisions of evil, greedy persons, persons as those that were expelled from the temple in the Bible, as those that complain about the holocaust they were victim of, without thinking about all the wrong they do to people around the globe with their avaricious economic plans.

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