In her new book “The Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” Naomi Klein (author of “No Logo”) argues that in times when a society is at shock, savvy politicians and industry leaders use this situation to push through new laws and policies that would never have passed in normal times.
Only a crisis – actual or percieved – produces real changeMilton Friedman
Examples are outsourcing the “War on Terror” to Halliburton and Blackwater after September 11., granting iraqs oil reserves to Shell and BP, and selling beaches to tourist resorts after the tsunami in Southeast Asia swept away the ﬁshermens huts.
Alfonso Cuarón – director of “Children of Men” and some other remarkable movies – made a companion short ﬁlm. It’s worth watching.
The books website kann be found here.