The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
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The Rise of Disaster Capitalism features Naomi Klein explaining the ideas and research behind her bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. In this riveting lecture and interview, Klein challenges and exposes the popular myth of the free market economy's peaceful global victory Around the world there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos, exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally implement their policies. They are the shock doctors. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed. Portions of the proceeds from the sale of the DVD go to the UK non-profit organization War on Want.
Naomi Klein is an investigative reporter like no other. She roams the continents with eyes wide open and her brain operating at full speed, finding connections we never thought of and patterns which eluded us.” Howard Zinn, author, A People’s History of the United States on The Shock Doctrine
"If you don't live in an urban area likely to be visited by a luminary like Klein, this skillfully produced lecture is an excellent way to supplement the experience of an in-person lecture." Feminist Review
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Privatization of energy, the military, infrastructure and all medical care drags any society back into the days of 'monarchy', with a twist...oligarchies where health, wealth and prosperity are concentrated in the top 2%, in the most ruthless business families and ultimately societies plunge backwards, until the entire world looks like post war Iraq.
How ironic that the effects of republican policies have changed large areas of the South into smelly,contaminated, plague ridden cesspools of devastation, yet most of the citizens and the media fail to document or take note.
Every Sunday one can hear songs the and name of Jesus screamed from every church and corner throughout the republican southern base... yet their policies only demonstrate contempt for all that Jesus taught.
These republicans hide behind Jesus...but fail scrutiny...republican territory is easy to identify
as poverty, desolation and ignorance, wrapped in the degradation of natural systems of clean air and water follow wherever republican policies persist.
A sad ending for an America, that was born on the idea of prosperity for all.
This DVD is low quality. Absolutely terrible sound quality for the talk. You're treated to crummy acoustics in the auditorium and a loud microphone and echo and a speaker that seems to have not been wired for a recording. The talk itself I had basically heard before on Book TV and CSPAN did Klein's talk justice. The 'bonus' feature is an interview... that is less than 10 minutes long and surprisingly uninteresting.
C'mon ya lefty activists! This reminds me of the awful amateurish home video DVDs from ZNet I've ordered. I view those as a 'donation' to Micheal Albert and co. for their excellent website and hard work. Put out quality folks.
I highly recommend you buy "The Corporation" which is the most important documentary of the last decade and very well done. Klein is featured in the film and in the massive supplemental interview footage. It should have won an Oscar. I mean if Michael Moore can get notice from Hollywood...
Also, read the book, The Shock Doctrine if you haven't. Or not. But skip this junk.
The book has a lot to say and I would recommend it to everyone...the direction and purpose of this DVD is rather shallow and takes away from the impact of Naomi's other work.
I would be a good idea to remove it from the marketplace.