Naomi Klein Live – This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate – YouTube

Naomi Klein, the award-winning journalist and author of global best-sellers The Shock Doctrine and No Logo discusses her most provocative book yet, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs the Climate. – from the YouTube description We’ve continued on the road of more and more emissions for 25 years since we were told by scientists that this was  a perilous road.  There Continue Reading

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The Capitalist Hubris of BP (HT to @ericaustinlee) #oilspill

Reading an article this morning from Naomi Klein (author of The Shock Doctrine) about the absolute propensity of big business for self deception. In this case,  it’s BP and the spill.  This portion speak volumes: These priorities go a long way towards explaining why the initial exploration plan that BP submitted to the federal government for the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon Continue Reading

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The Petri Dish for Radical Free Market Ideas

The New Orleans “deal” Well I just got back from New Orleans and I was so struck to see these huge housing developments it’s just so clear that this thing that’s being called reconstruction is nothing of the sort. The tragedy, in part, was created by 25 years of neglect of the public sphere, by the culture of neglect, that Continue Reading

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Executive Chefs for Corporate Feeding Frenzy

One of the best descriptions I’ve heard for the functioning of governments such as this Bush-and-Co. version (which I often refer to as "money launderers"), is given here by Naomi Klein in a conversation with John Cusack: So the scandal isn’t Blackwater or Halliburton or Exxon; it’s the vision of politics we have been living with since Reagan that holds Continue Reading

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Another interesting Video: John Cusack Interviews Naomi Klein

Excellent interview from actor John Cusack: I sat down with Naomi Klein to talk about her new book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. This revelatory work belongs in that rarefied air with A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn and Witness to a Century by George Seldes. My Interview with Naomi Klein Videography by Continue Reading

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The Compromises of the ANC

A particularly disturbing chapter in Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine is the one on South Africa.  In the election of the ANC and Nelson Mandela to power,  the rule was in title only.  The REAL title was held by the powers that be in the economic arena (that being,  the TITLES as in deeds to the land and economic pursestrings),  Continue Reading

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A People’s History of the World

About half way through Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine,  and I see this book as a furtherance of Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.  Even though these stories take place outside the United States,  there are US players,  often working behind the scenes to stir up situations leading to the overthrow of governments that are ‘unfriendly’ to the Continue Reading

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"Baghdad year zero: Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia" by Naomi Klein (Harper’s Magazine)

Here’s the start of an article Naomi Klein (author of Shock Doctrine) wrote for Harper’s in September 2004: It was only after I had been in Baghdad for a month that I found what I was looking for. I had traveled to Iraq a year after the war began, at the height of what should have been a construction boom, Continue Reading

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Brits leave Basra, violence drops

The change can be summed up in 4 simple words: troops leave, violence drops As the deafening hubbub of propaganda drowns out every attempt to talk real policy change on Iraq, this simple descriptive formula–troops leave, violence drops–cuts through it all. How 4 Words From Basra Will Change Everything DUHHHH ,  Bush! DUHHH Cheney!  Of course,  they don’t really give Continue Reading

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