Ideology III

film 4 of 5

Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

Film Review by Dean Duncan Jun 9, 2015

Ah, the Left. The thesis is compelling, provocative, having that never-thought-of-that/of-course! quality to it. It crosses the mind that hegemony ought to be considered; it’s not always a conspiracy, but rather the regrettable thing comes as a result of circumstance, proclivity, passivity. On the other hand, when you hear Mr. Friedman’s practiced and cynical sidestepping of questions about greed and decency, you think that it and he might be the devil after all.

There’s a real climax at the end of the film, with the use of graphics especially standing as an especially effective bit of agit-prop. Maddening, exciting, invigorating. Let’s do something! To the film’s, or the PSA’s great credit, the thing they want us to do is study so more. (Buy Klein’s book? Let’s say they’d be happy if we went to the library.) Regardless of the ideological source, that’s a good sign of responsible capitalism.