The Shock Doctrine

2009, Movie, 78 mins

The Shock Doctrine
By fashioning Naomi Klein’s nonfiction book The Shock Doctrine into a feature-length documentary, multi-faceted British director Michael Winterbottom streamlines her arguments, and offers a rather compelling explanation of how the confluence of economic theory and secret CIA studies laid the foundation for the Bush administration’s Iraq War battle plan.

The story starts in the ’50s, when economist Milton Friedman puts forth a series of arguments that will eventually form the basis for Thatcher-, Reagan-, and Bush-era economic policies -- namely that the government shouldn’t regulate business in any way whatsoever. At around the same time that Friedman ...

Released: 2009 Rated: n/a Length: 78 mins

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