What do free market guru Milton Freidman, the development of shock therapy and the recent economic crisis have in common? The decline of democracy says writer and activist Naomi Klein. In her 2007 book The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
, Klein made the case that pro-corporate governments use financial turmoil to enact the free market policies championed by Friedman and the so-called “Chicago school of economics.” A movie about her beliefs is currently on screen at the Gene Siskel Film Center
. We revisit a conversation we had with Klein who says that the free market influence in Chile under the regime of Augusto Pinochet is an example of laissez-faire policies gone terribly wrong.