Thursday, June 4, 2009

Naomi Klein Discussing Her Book: The Shock Doctrine

If there is one book that every person should read today it is Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine. It is brilliant. It is also a dense and intense book, and best read short passages at a time. But it is a critical book for anyone trying to make sense of the destruction of our country, the looting and plundering of our economy and theft of people's wages and pensions and benefits and savings and homes. Because what she lays out, country by country over a period of decades, is a systematic program in place among the wealthiest people in the world to steal all the wealth of the world, to take all the power and control in the world, and leave Americans, along with all the other people, poor and powerless. If we hope to have any chance of stopping this, standing up, saving our country and ourselves, the critical information and analysis set forth in this book seems a necessary foundation. Here is a link to Naomi Klein's website which has further discussion of her work and other books, as well as The Shock Doctrine.

For those unable to read the book at this moment, here is a brief discussion by Naomi Klein of the book and the important points that she makes about what is happening to our world. This was a speech given by her at the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives.

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  1. Great videos - thanks for posting!

  2. Yes, she is a smart lady, and also a terrific speaker. Her books are a tough read -- I read The Shock Doctrine about 5 pages a day to start, because there is so much information, and you need to think about it.

    But boy is it worth it when you begin to see her analysis. It's helpful to have somebody provide an overview of what's going on -- things don't happen in isolation, there are patterns, the same players and power figures involved in so many of the world's disasters.

    I don't necessarily agree with everything she says, of course, but her research and analysis are brilliant. I'm not sure, for one example, that the focus on the shock or disaster is that critical. I think these things are happening all over the world even without the disaster. But I agree that it is all speeded up during a disaster, such as coups, wars or environmental disasters like Katrina.

    Here's a link to her website: