The Shock Doctrine (2009)
Directors: Mat Whitecross, Michael Winterbottom
Runtime: 82 min
The economic doctrine that glorifies the free market and deregulation, widely known as the ideology of neoliberalism, is so devastating for the population that it is generally impossible to be carried out except in extraordinary situations. It was implemented for the first time during the military-fascist dictatorship of General Pinochet in Chile, when a shocked population was subjected to brutal repression. Since then, the shock has remained a core component of enforcing neoliberal capitalism upon the people. Politicians and corporations use wars, major social crises, natural disasters and other situations when people are paralyzed by shock and fear, to privatize large areas of public sector, change the laws, take away the hard-won rights and abolish the institutions of social welfare as fast and as cheaply as possible. The goal is to plunder the population and make huge profits, with minimum of cost and resistance.