Holding Knowledge Hostage. AAC Event March 3rd

Low Lives  – The Alternative Art College presents; Holding knowledge hostage.

March 3rd 6pm-10pm

Live Performance and Stream.

47 Lewisham Way, New Cross

Defacing Milton Friedman: Capitalism and (Un) Freedom

The event will be part of a direct action against the neo-liberal ideology, which is seen by many, to be the main cause of current global economic crisis. Directly influenced by Naomi Klein and Noam Chomsky’s critiques, this undeviating approach will attack the pervasive and pernicious thought and writing of Milton Friedman. We see the global economic crisis as being induced by the policies influenced by these writings, and so feel the need to make public, our dislike for the Chicago school and all neo-liberal policy.

In Klein’s book, Shock Doctrine, she critiques Milton’s ideology and the principles that guided the economic crisis that followed the military coups in countries such as Indonesia and Chile. Drawing analogies in the way that Milton proposed using the social ‘shock’ of the coups to create an economic ‘blank slate’. This is similar to Ewan Cameron’s controversial medical experiments that used electro shock therapy to create a mental ‘blank slate’ for people with mental disorders. Based on the extent to which liberal policies have contributed to income disparages and inequalities both Klein and Chomsky have suggested that the primary role of neo liberalism is a cover for multi-national corporations.

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