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Friday, September 21

Naomi Klein is Back -- YOU GO GIRL!

The secret history of the free market -- It wasn't born in freedom and democracy. It was born in shock

Information is shock resistance


"Only a crisis, actual or perceived, produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas lying around"

Naomi Klein is an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and activist......

Her newest book just out is "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism" that explodes the myth of "free market" democracy. It shows how neoliberal Washington Consensus fundamentalism dominates the world with America its lead exponent exploiting security threats, terror attacks, economic meltdowns, competing ideologies, tectonic political or economic shifts, and natural disasters to impose its will everywhere. Wars are waged, social services cut, and freedom sacrificed when people are too distracted, cowed or bludgeoned to object. Klein describes a worldwide process of social and economic engineering she calls "disaster capitalism" with torture along for the ride to reinforce the message - no "New World Order" alternatives are tolerated.

Watch a great piece here: Riz Khan interviews Naomi

This video is linked in the alternet article below and is a short documentary explaining the thesis of Klein's book (it plays better than the one in the article)

This excerpt from Naomi Klein's controversial new book, "The Shock Doctrine," explains how the U.S. set about to destroy the Iraqi national psyche and then push through a disastrous privatization of its economy.

any today from alternet, a phone interview by Jan Frel with Naomi:

Why Can't the U.S. Have the Debate about Naomi Klein's Book That Europe Has?

In Europe and Canada debate is raging about Naomi Klein's new book on disaster capitalism, The Shock Doctrine. This interview with Klein considers why U.S. public debate is unable to ask fundamental questions about our economic system. .....

Frel: A lot of what you're taking on in The Shock Doctrine, is a concept that is fused in deep into a big part of the American psyche -- that "the free market" and "free enterprise," which we don't typically debate or condemn in the mainstream but are to blame for a lot of the things the public does discern as problems, like our health care system. But how do you get people to see that they are being screwed by their own dominant economic beliefs?

Klein: It's actually not that hard. The hard part is getting past the media wall.......


and ANOTHER "well said" piece by Naomi last month:

The real problem, I want to argue today, is confidence, our confidence, the confidence of people who gather at events like this under the banner of building another world, a kinder more sustainable world. I think we lack the strength of our convictions, the guts to back up our ideas with enough muscle to scare our elites. We are missing movement power. That’s what we’re missing. “The best lacked all convictions,” Yeats wrote, “while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” Think about it. Do you want to tackle climate change as much as Dick Cheney wants Kazakhstan’s oil? Do you? Do you want universal healthcare as much as Paris Hilton wants to be the next new face of Estee Lauder? If not, why not? What is wrong with us? Where is our passionate intensity?

What is at the root of our crisis of confidence?: Lost Worlds: Is Another World Possible?
by Naomi Klein

(Hard when your working 2 jobs)

JerseyCynic wants to know if it's possible to blend capitalism AND socialism.....

There's got to be a way - yes?

Hard to change the world when it will ruin the current one -eh?

crossposted at BigBrassBlog

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