Naomi Klein Again

Written by Robert Justin Lipkin on February 10th, 2009

Check out this piece on Naomi Klein: “In her best-selling book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, Naomi Klein outlines the disturbing trend of governments using crisis as a means for corporate profit-advancement. She cites Hurricane Katrina, 9/11, and Pinochet’s Chile as exampltmpphpwssjg01.jpges of the practice.  . . . At her January 29 speaking engagement at Loyola University, the award-winning author made the case that America’s current economic crisis is just another “big bang moment” in this evolution.Klein cautioned listeners at the packed 750-seat Mundelein Auditorium against cheerily consenting to the wave of Obama-fueled optimism. Throughout his campaign, Obama rejected the “worn out dogmas” and suggested it was time for an ideological sea change. Klein isn’t ready, however, to embrace the recent market interventions as a shift in American policy, and instead implored her audience to work for a deepening, rather than deadening, of democracy in these tense economic times.  . . .  The concept of an American version of The Shock Doctrine is predicated upon two basic principles: panic forces the electorate to search out paternalistic political policy; and the resulting distraction stifles public debate.” For the complete article click here. Any politically savvy American citizen and any genuinely talented American president should realize that the most efficient means to effective political action is for the president’s supporters to make him keep his promises.


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