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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Iraq stabilization never desired by Bush and Co.

in mid-April 2003, with looting still underway, Rumsfeld canceled deployment of the Calvary Division, a force of 16,000 soldiers An Interviewee testifies how that shocked everybody in the military who DID have concerns about post-invasion stabilization.  This fits the accusation (and I think rightfully aimed) of Naomi Klein in The Shock Doctrine that de-stabilization WAS PART OF THE PLAN in Continue Reading

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The End Results Called Friedmanism

In a TIME interview, Naomi Klein explains the connection between Chicago-School style economics and the rise of “Disaster Capitalism” in the Southern Cone countries. Milton Friedman is held up as really the guru of the modern global market. But my view on Friedman is, I don’t think it’s his fault in the sense that the role he played was more Continue Reading

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Elections Yes! Selections No!

This is what mass demonstrations in Iraq had people shouting.  We NEVER heard this in the US Media.  But  there were massive mobilizations against what proved to be , for Iraqis,  the REAL face of the occupation;  that of selling off their factories and providers of their infrastructure to for-profit-only foreign corporations. By way of blowing out of the water 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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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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Plundering Iraq

The following from the aforementioned Klein article is a little-reported bit of evidence of the “free market” shock being undertaken in Iraq. There are seventeen state-owned cement factories across the country, but most are idle or working at only half capacity. According to the Ministry of Industry, not one of these factories has received a single contract to help with 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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Bill Moyers Journal . Katrina Recovery Gone Wrong? | PBS

  Two years after Katrina, casinos, hotels and condos are coming back strong in the hardest hit areas of Mississippi, but tens of thousands of people are still displaced—in limbo with no solution in sight. …the Steps Coalition, which is fighting on behalf of families who are still in need of housing, and tracking what’s happened to the money Congress 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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