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The importance of The Shock Doctrine

Neoliberalism is the economic theory of the so-called University of Chicago School of Economics. It was implanted and managed by bourgeois states since the 1980s and wreaked immeasurable damage on the lives of millions of people in the last 40 years.

An excellent documentary to understand how this historical process took place is The Shock Doctrine, directed by Mat Whitecross and Michael Winterbottom. The film is based on the book of the same name by Canadian writer and political activist Naomi Klein. It was released right after the 2008 capitalism crisis.

In this documentary, Naomi traces the apostolic relationship between Margareth Thatcher and Ronald Reagan in adopting this doctrine from Milton Friedman's well-paid fundamentalism and discusses how the population of Chile, in the hands of dictator Augusto Pinochet, was used as a guinea pig in this form of exploration.

In Brazil, the dogma was selflessly adopted for eight years by the government of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso. At the end of the period, the main headlines of hegemonic journalism were about widespread hunger in the country.

After the 2016 coup, the neoliberal gospel made a comeback, accompanied by ecumenical manifestations of faith in the wicked and horror. Adherents of neoliberalism rejoice in death as a profession of faith.

For neoliberals, the human suffering caused by the irrational doctrines imposed by the leaders of the global high bourgeoisie and implemented by governments kneeling to that bourgeoisie does not matter. Never mind the suffering caused to those who just want to live their lives with dignity. Never mind the enormous environmental and social damage.

What matters only is following the dogmatism that allows the unrestricted and inexhaustible accumulation of wealth by a few immoral people at the expense of billions of human beings. Life has no value for these abject beings of the national and global ruling classes.


The Shock Doctrine is on YouTube.


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