Saturday, September 8, 2007

Must Read: Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine

The Shock Doctrine excerpted by The Guardian. Read it, and then get thee to .

Naomi Klein's "explosive new book exposes the lie that free markets thrive on freedom. In our first exclusive extract, the No Logo author reveals the business of exploiting disaster," in post-Katrina New Orleans.

Synopsis on the fly: This is food-chain capitalism, and we're guppies. Only, it's worse. Disasters, like 9-11, the Tsunami, and Katrina, the Pinochet coup d'etat, provide an opportunity for radical social experimentation, for rapidly dismantling accepted systems and mores while the citizens are in shock. Public schools are closed down and voucherized, government is privatized for the benefit of the megawealthy, and the assets of average people are re-routed for megadevelopment.

No wonder Bush isn't doing anything about global warming.

Thanks, Milton Friedman and George Bush, you vermin-spawned MFs.