The Shock Doctrine

December 15th, 2008 § 1 comment


This video is shocking, and not appropriate for children. Be careful.

What is The Shock Doctrine? The Shock Doctrine is a book by Naomi Klein which coins a metaphor – a mapping between barbaric American psychiatric practices in the mid 20th century and the right wing Chicago School economic theories and practices of Milton Friedman and his legions of very well funded disciples.

The essence is that “disaster capitalists” have exploited and sometimes deliberately induced society wide shocks – for instance, using the great tsunami of 2004, the Iraq invasion, the September 11 attacks, and so forth – as opportunities to remake shocked societies in the same way that primitive sadistic psychiatrists tried to use electroshock therapy to erase and remake the personalities of individuals.

This is scary stuff, and it rings true to me.

I’m only on page 63 of Klein’s 558 page book, but I’m knocked out.

More later on this one.

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