Naomi Klein Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein, famous for her book No Logo, has written another challenging piece called Shock Doctrine.

Go to her web site to find out more, and watch the short (six minute) film which summarises her important points, graphically.

Update 1st September 2010. This video “The Shock Doctrine” by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein is no longer available on her web site. I'm not sure why (I'd like to know!) Go to the Naomi Klein playlist on my YouTube site http://www.youtube.com/user/richardmhovey for this and more, or here for a just a copy of the video.

She notes that following national and international catastrophes immediate changes are often, and that the general public is both amenable to this and expects change. What happens if leaders are unscrupulous, and the changes made have little to do with the event that has just happened, but instead they seek to use the opportunity to advance their own agendas?

This is what she explores, and it is fascinating. I have long felt that “gut-reactions” after major events can seem to “lose the plot” in ignoring the deeper priorities or values of society. For example action taken in fear of terrorism often restricts the freedom of the general population: values such as liberty and free speech should not be given away easily. The hope is that in a healthy society there will be a time of review of “emergency measures” when society reviews the deeper issues and appropriate adjustments can be made.

So Naomi develops this further, even wondering whether theory and practice of free market economics is not so much something that is for the public good as oppressive practice brought in by these methods. While I agree with her principles, or “doctrine,” I'm not yet sure whether I fully agree with the way she applies it to the world of economics – but I haven't read the book yet. (It's logical, but are people really that unscrupulous?)

Go to her web site to find out more, and watch the short (six minute) film which summarises her important points, graphically.

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