I hope there is a chorus of : "Well, Naomi Klein DID talk about something that looks JUST LIKE this newest outrage..."
Cuz she did. In "The Shock Doctrine," she has assembled, analyzed, and aptly characterized the evidence of the unchanging, invariant, predatory practices of 'capitalism' en route to its becoming the default, global, hegemonic discursive 'formation' of the past 200 years. Consider this, from Monday, which was up at HuffPost:
Now is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock DoctrineI am loathe to put up more, lest I encroach on the spirit of Fair Use. Read the rest here. And read the post, also from her blog, accompanying that remarkable photo-montage, which I boldly stole and posted yestiddy...and which is, coincidentally, just below on the scroll.
By Naomi Klein - September 22nd, 2008
I wrote The Shock Doctrine in the hopes that it would make us all better prepared for the next big shock. Well, that shock has certainly arrived, along with gloves-off attempts to use it to push through radical pro-corporate policies (which of course will further enrich the very players who created the market crisis in the first place...).
The best summary of how the right plans to use the economic crisis to push through their policy wish list comes from Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich. On Sunday, Gingrich laid out 18 policy prescriptions for Congress to take in order to "return to a Reagan-Thatcher policy of economic growth through fundamental reforms." In the midst of this economic crisis, he is actually demanding the repeal of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which would lead to further deregulation of the financial industry. Gingrich is also calling for reforming the education system to allow "competition" (a.k.a. vouchers), strengthening border enforcement, cutting corporate taxes and his signature move: allowing offshore drilling.
It would be a grave mistake to underestimate the right's ability to use this crisis -- created by deregulation and privatization -- to demand more of the same. Don't forget that Newt Gingrich's 527 organization, American Solutions for Winning the Future, is still riding the wave of success from its offshore drilling campaign, "Drill Here, Drill Now!" Just four months ago, offshore drilling was not even on the political radar and now the U.S. House of Representatives has passed supportive legislation. Gingrich is holding an event this Saturday, September 27 that will be broadcast on satellite television to shore up public support for these controversial policies.
Alons, mes Enfants! Aux l'Barricades! The time is NOW!