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Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Children of Disaster Capitalism
Here's a spooky Halloween movie for you, readers.
When journalist Naomi Klein finished her new, bestselling book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism," which argues that the machinery of the state and the requirements of "disaster capitalism" are now so tightly synchronized in their exploitation of disasters both man-made and natural that they have become virtually one in the same, she sent it to Mexican director Alfonso Cuarón.
"I adore his films and felt that the future he created for 'Children of Men' was very close to the present I was seeing in disaster zones," she writes on her website. "I was hoping he would send me a quote for the book jacket and instead he pulled together this amazing team of artists -- including Jonás Cuarón, who directed and edited -- to make 'The Shock Doctrine' short film."