October 20, 2007

ONE WOULDN'T EXPECT A LEFTIST TO GRASP THE CORE TRUTH:

Bleakonomics: a review of THE SHOCK DOCTRINE: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism By Naomi Klein (JOSEPH E. STIGLITZ, NY Times Book Review)

There are no accidents in the world as seen by Naomi Klein. The destruction of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina expelled many poor black residents and allowed most of the city’s public schools to be replaced by privately run charter schools. The torture and killings under Gen. Augusto Pinochet in Chile and during Argentina’s military dictatorship were a way of breaking down resistance to the free market. The instability in Poland and Russia after the collapse of Communism and in Bolivia after the hyperinflation of the 1980s allowed the governments there to foist unpopular economic “shock therapy” on a resistant population. And then there is “Washington’s game plan for Iraq”: “Shock and terrorize the entire country, deliberately ruin its infrastructure, do nothing while its culture and history are ransacked, then make it all O.K. with an unlimited supply of cheap household appliances and imported junk food,” not to mention a strong stock market and private sector.

Note that because she is a rationalist/socialist she thinks that all those good effects must mean that the causes were planned. Conservatives/capitalists, recognizing that the world doesn't work that way, realize they were merely fortuitous events that we made the best of.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 20, 2007 4:52 PM
Comments

Are you saying that Naomi Klein believes the economy was intelligently designed and conservatives don't?

Posted by: Joseph Hertzlinger at October 21, 2007 2:09 AM

No. Everyone knows that it's intelligently designed. But the Left, like Darwinists, believes that having designed the process you must be able to render desired results.

Posted by: oj at October 21, 2007 7:37 AM

Blast these people for wanting cheap household appliances! Don't they know that they are supposed to remain quaint and primitive?

Posted by: Mikey at October 21, 2007 1:26 PM

All the "shocks" cited in the quoted paragraph were just the undoing of Socialist/Leftist/Democratstatist mismangement and corruption that people were taught to believe were natural and inevitable and even desirable. And people like Klein still do.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at October 21, 2007 3:34 PM
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