Monday, August 24, 2009

Naomi Klein: Pro "Shock Doctrine"

. Monday, August 24, 2009

From Johan Norberg:

Ever since I read Naomi Klein´s book The Shock Doctrine I have suspected that she is not really opposed to the shock, just to the doctrine. After this statement from Klein in an article in The Progressive, it is confirmed:

"Do we want to save the pre-crisis system, get it back to where it was last September? Or do we want to use this crisis, and the electoral mandate for change delivered by the last election, to radically transform that system? We need to get clear on our answer now because we haven’t had the potent combination of a serious crisis and a clear progressive democratic mandate for change since the 1930s. We use this opportunity or we lose it."

Fits rather well with Klein´s definition of the shock doctrine, doesn´t it?

"Well, the shock doctrine, like all doctrines, is a philosophy of power. It’s a philosophy about how to achieve your political and economic goals. And this is a philosophy that holds that the best way, the best time, to push through radical ... ideas is in the aftermath of a major shock. Now, that shock could be an economic meltdown ... in that window, you can push through ... radical change"

Now it´s official: Naomi Klein has spent five years writing a book that accuses free-market liberals of thinking the way she does.

Dr. Oatley put the beat-down on Ms. Klein (and other pseudo-social scientists) here. It's maybe the best post this blog has ever produced.

ht: Will Ordinary


Naomi Klein: Pro "Shock Doctrine"




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