Thursday, 22 September 2011


Naomi Klein examines the rise of disaster capitalism, a doctrine which enables governments and global companies to exploit the economies of countries affected by wars, terrorist attacks or natural catastrophes. Tracing the origins of this theory back to neo-liberal economist Milton Friedman, the film proceeds to follow various applications of these ideas in contemporary history: the economic models of Pinochet’s Chile, Jelzin’s Russia and Thatcher’s Great Britain all bear the unmistakable mark of radical neoliberalism; but political catastrophes such as the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing or the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq are also the result of aggressive laissez-faire capitalism implemented by a system of violence and oppression. 

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