Capitalism out of control
July 27, 2008
I have started reading Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine, and it is one of those epiphany experiences where the light bulb goes on and I think to myself, "Holy Shit, that explains it."
Shock doctrine is a very exciting book for me because Klein brings a lot of events together with government policies which finally make sense for me. My initial impression is that the title of the book could also have been, "Capitalism out of control: How greed destroyed America and wreaked havoc in the rest of the world."
In the name of capitalism, the U.S. govenment has been increasingly privatizing previous government functions by outsourcing these services to private companies making political supporters rich on the public's dollar. It is a neat scheme to keep the politicians in power giving the public's money away to their cronies crowing about less government while they rob the public coffers and turn power over to the corporations to run the country.
It is time that Americans became aware of the new paradigm since they are ones paying for it and suffering under it.
I will be writing more about this topic in coming weeks and will tag these posts "Capitalism out of control".
I had a very similar reaction. See my review in The Tyee: http://thetyee.ca/Books/2007/09/11/ShockTherapy/
Recently a backlash of sorts has occurred, with even some left-wingers attacking the book. But so far I've seen nothing that really documents the case against The Shock Doctrine.
Posted by: Crawford Kilian | July 27, 2008 at 12:45 PM
In the name of capitalism, the U.S. govenment has been increasingly privatizing.It's totally destroyed America and wreaked havoc in the rest of the world."
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