Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Naomi Klein on the Shock Doctrine

Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism is out in paperback this month. She spoke with Amy Goodman about our current economic "perfect storm" and the potential for pro-multinational economic restructuring on Democracy Now! yesterday. Here's a very brief excerpt from a discussion of how corporate-controlled policymaking is failing people and the planet on every front.

There really is a kind of a tsunami of shocks facing not just the economy but people's lives, people's real lives. They're all intersecting. They're making each other worse. And ...this is what I mean by "the shock doctrine." There is a clear political strategy, and has been for several decades, to exploit these moments when people are desperate for quick-fix solutions and more inclined to believe in a kind of a magical cure, to push through very, very unpopular policies that don't actually solve the crisis at hand, that don't actually help people, but are incredibly profitable for multinational corporations.
You can also read a transcript at Alternet, here.

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