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The movie Shock Doctrine revolves around the concept of the same name. The film begins by discussing psychological research on the effects of shock therapy. It is evident that a person under extreme stress and anxiety commonly experienced during a crisis functions and performs inadequately. It is noted that the studies are conducted by a man by the name of Milton Friedman, from the University of Chicago; the studies took place in the past, and some of the subjects are still recovering in the aftermath. From this research, interrogation techniques were learned and the concept of the shock doctrine was formed. Essentially through causing a crisis, the population of a country can be shocked into complying with accepting laws that favors the United States and capitalism. This theory coexists with Friedman’s belief in that government regulation is bad, and through a crisis a country would better itself with deregulation. The video uses Chile as an example and shows how America allowed a crisis to occur in Chile, through coups, interrogations and subterfuge. In the end a new government is formed that allows capitalism. Unfortunately afterwards violence and riots occur, as the rich gain most of the wealth and poverty rises. In addition to Chile, Argentina, Russia and even Iraq underwent the shock doctrine. Almost in every account, poverty rises and violence ends up erupting. The movie ends by showing how the US was in the process of the shock doctrine, and still is but the population has taken notice. Protests such as Occupy Wall Street are some of the initiatives necessary to bring awareness to the problems of class inequalities in order to prevent capitalism from benefitting the rich and increasing the wealth gap among the classes.
The movie uses many concepts, and certain ones have been discussed in the book You may ask Yourself such as capitalism and how corporations act in order to maximize profits. In the book Capitalism is described as “an economic system in which property and goods are primarily privately owned” (Dalton Conley 539). In the film, countries such as Chile or Argentina after undergoing an economic crisis change their countries economic system from either socialism or communism. In adopting Capitalism, privatization occurs on markets previously run by the government, such as the banking market. In Chile, private companies begin running the banks, and acting often in ways that suit the company and the higher-ups. The results are that the countries experience an increase in poverty as the corporations begin benefitting the upper class and violence due to rioting and protests taking place in response to the problems brought by capitalism. As the video mention in Chile and Argentina, rioting is often caused by unions, and corporations react through...

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