Tuesday, October 02, 2007

"Shock Doctrine" by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein (6 mins 45 secs)



I'm adding this book to my Fall Reading Challenge list.

10 comments:

Karen said...

Naomi was a guest on CBC Radio's Wildrose country the other day. She's very interesting. I'm curious to read "No Logo" now.

SME said...

"No Logo" is good, but not exactly bursting with new information if you already know a bit about corporate practices. Klein's in town tonight, speaking (sold out, of course).

Laura said...

Ah, we had a big argument about this video over at dbackdad's blog I think a while back. Cuz of course we all know there's no ulterior motives and corporations have the common good in mind at all times..

ppppffffftt.

SME said...

I was intrigued by this because just a few days ago I read some quotes from Milton Friedman on how to alter society - basically, kick 'em while they're down. Take advantage of trauma. Kurt Lewin said the same thing; Tavistock allegedly adopted his approach. And then I saw the video and thought "Whoa, this might be a bit more than theoretical..."
What I wonder is, where's the line between the positive idea that disaster can lead to growth and the negative idea that we should celebrate others' misfortune and take full advantage of it?

sp said...

Wow. What a powerful short film. Thanks for posting it. I'll have to add it to my growing reading list as well.

The Zombieslayer said...

Cuaron is one of my fave directors.

Pretty disturbing. What's even more disturbing is they have the same dufus doing Harry Potter 6 that screwed up Harry Potter 5. They should have stuck with Cuaron. I really hope they bring him back for HP7. He's head and shoulders above the others.

SME said...

Hmm, I was afraid of that (with HP 7).
I think this would be excellent material for a full-length documentary, but the short film is quite powerful on its own.

Scott said...

Ah, we had a big argument about this video over at dbackdad's blog I think a while back. Cuz of course we all know there's no ulterior motives and corporations have the common good in mind at all times..

ppppffffftt.


sigh

Well since that was me on the other end of the argument and I'm not exactly keen on being misrepresented I'll just say this was not at all my point.

The point I was trying to make over there and that I'll make over here and any other time I see this video come up as a serious look at "free market" economics is that things like war, government planning, etc are NOT FREE MARKET IDEAS. I don't care what this idiot Klien calls them that's not what they are.

This book uses the exact method it purports to be against in fact, at least the clip here does. Using shocking footage of government interrogation techniques and then pushing forth it's ill thought out ideas. It's intellectually corrupt and in no way a serious scholarly work.

SME said...

I admit she'll have to make a very strong case that disasters always or almost always benefit the economy before I'll believe that, but what I'm interested in is the concept that extreme legislation and measures are pushed through by governments in times of crisis.

Scott said...

Well there's no question that is true.