The Shock Doctrine: Book And Short Video

MySpace Friend Matthew St. Amand sends out a Bulletin pointing to a short video. I watched it and found that it’s actually from a book.

The book is called The Shock Doctrine and it’s another piece of the puzzle about how this place that is supposed to be our country is spiraling out of control under the drunken power grab of Ayn Rand-fed neocons and their corporate accomplices.


I first encountered free-market advocate economist Milton Friedman (who Ayn Rand actually didn’t think much of — I saw her express her opinion of him in person at her final public appearance in New York City) through a PBS series called Free to Choose.

Under the spell of Ayn Rand back then, I thought his series persuasive and wonderful. Apparently so did a lot of other people who watched it — who, unlike me, never stopped to ask themselves if its advocacy would actually lead to the great economic utopia it implied. Hence the Preisdents we have had (Right, Left, doesn’t matter — different brand names for the same evil; look at the legislation they pass, not their brand name affiliations!).

Friedman, it turns out, was quite an underhanded bastard who was willing to bypass democracy in order to bring about the realization of his economic principles. Understand that: he wanted more freedom for money than for people. Nice guy, huh?

The Shock Doctrine short video (embedded YouTube Flash video) is a brief summary of the Friedman policies for slamming through legislation when we the people are otherwise occupied. And it’s not just legislation — his principles are advocated for our dealings with other nations too. Just like any cancer, it has metastases.

This is a very important video. I’d embed it here, but I’ve already done that once today, and I have my limits when it comes to clogging up this blog with videos (it’s a practice that’s popular elsewhere and which leads to degraded page build times, especially on portable devices).

The video runs a little over six minutes. Take the time to watch it!

Also see author Naomi Klein’s wikipedia entry.

Previously in this blog:
Quote Of The Day: Nathan Singer
Quote Of The Day: Nathan Singer
Uh-Oh. Is Something Cooking?
It’s All About Noticing Things
September 21, 2007: The Next Wave Of Shit…
That Self-Alienated Bitch Ayn Rand Will Kill Us All
The Next Trend In Management-Labor Relations
Ted Nugent Knows The Value Of Our Leaders
Depression 2.0: Bank Run
Appeasement In Our Time
Bellylaugh Of The Day: Wikipedia Revisionist Edition
Welcome To Your Capitalist Future, Japan
Good News! The Worst Is Yet To Come!
Even When You Win You Can’t Win
Sudden Rope Death
You Can Trust Us. We Wear Suits.
Bellylaugh Of The Day: Accidental Edition
The Shadow Of Doomsday Appears…
Rightist Radio = Liecasting
More American Blood On The Hands Of Bush
Quote Of The Day: RoughlyDrafted
The Future Has Come Back To Haunt Us
Armageddon Catalysts
Go To Your Doom By Scorning Me And Trusting The Suits
Pay The Fekkin Taxes, You Eejits!!
Go Look. And Weep For Us All.
Quote Of The Day: John Scalzi
Who Are You Kidding, Billionaire Bloomberg?
On The Internet, Telling The Truth Becomes Imaginary
Fasten Your Seatbelts. Then Pray.
Homeland Security: Making Us Safer Or Just More Stupid?
Is Dubya Aiming To Be The New King George?
America: Collapse Watch
America: The Endgame
The Suits Will Bleed Anyone Dry! Especially You.
Another Egghead Out To Fuck Writers (And Other Creators) Out Of Their Just Rewards
They Protect Themselves. Not Us.
The In(sane)ternet
Quote Of The Day: The Rude Pundit
It Has To Be Said
Dear Mayor Billionaire Bloomberg And City Council Millionaires: Kiss My Ass, You Corporate Tool Motherfuckers!
We Should Have Been Dropping Fiber Into American Homes Instead Of Dropping Bombs In Iraq
More Police Abuse Of Power
Get Up On Your Hind Legs, American! (Part One)
Live Stupid, Die Stupid
Sing It, Wil Wheaton, Sing It Loud!
FCC: Fucking Corporate Collaborators
Abuse Of Power Still Lives In New York City
A Sad Tomorrow
No Bail? For Passing Out A Flyer? What The Fuck Is This?
Keep Watching The Skies!
Hey, Thanks Again, Republicans For Neutering Our Regulatory Agencies
The Day Will Come When The Suits Will Hang For Their Many Money-Grubbing Sins
When Your Child Dies, Remember To Thank Your Republican-Voting God For The Free Market!
More Re: The Tyranny
Tyranny In My Lifetime!
Compassionate Conservatism My Goddam Ass!
“I’m A Human Being, God Damn It! My Life Has Value!”
It’s Mourning In America
Everyone Knows What To Do About Everyone Else (Not That I’m Any Goddammed Exception!)
The Looting Of America Continues…
OK. This Just Freaks Me Out. It Better Freak You Out Too!
When Science And Reality Wave Bye-Bye To One Another…
Thank You. I’d Like To Kill Myself Now, Please.
What The 1960s Tide Of Liberalism Washed Up
The Answer Is Yes
When An Economy Crashes, Baby, There Are No Airbags!
Good! We Can Use A Dose Of Doom Around Here. If Only To Cheer Me Up.
May 2007: Boycott America Month?
Hey, Suits! Don’t Tread On Us!
Bravo, Rogers! Bravo!
And Then Google’s Stock Finally Thank You Jesus Crashes And Takes The Entire Global Economy Down The Toilet, Thank You Science!
Political Change? Prove it!
The Road to Great Depression 2.0

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