This isn't new, but it's new to me. I saw it just this morning when I was clicking around on Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine website (I do it so you don't have to).
And believe me, I hesitated about posting this nauseating YouTube hit piece here.
The seven-minute, Klein-inspired short greatly diminishes my respect for the director, Alfonso Cuaròn, whose Children of Men was one of the more impressive and thought-provoking movies I saw last year. I guess I just had him pegged a lot higher, intellectually speaking.
But secondly, and much more importantly, the YouTube film is an assault on Milton Friedman's life and works — and the flick stands out for both the positively psychopathic character assassination of a man who can no longer defend himself, and for the crude, near-hysterical propaganda techniques that I didn't think even still existed today.
Friedman, a Nobel Prize winner, was known the world over for promoting peace, democracy, and free markets. He has arguably done more to bring liberty and prosperity to various corners of the globe than ten Naomi Kleins could ever hope to do.
To see him fingered as a kind of modern-day Joseph Goebbels — an architect of international fascism, totalitarianism, and oppression — is, well, shocking, to use Klein's favorite word. I can only imagine how deeply galling and intolerable this unhinged crapola must be to Friedman's widow and their two children. (If I were them, boy, I'd be itching to sucker-punch Cuaròn and Klein in the mouth. I wouldn't, but I'd want to.)
Anyway, it really has to be seen to be believed — but keep a mint handy to get rid of the taste imparted by this vomitous dreck. My apologies for clouding your day with it.
P.S.: Actually, maybe this would be the better palate cleanser.