Naomi Klein argues that catastrophes, natural (New Orleans) or staged (Iraq) are the means by which capitalism tightens its grip. These disasters set off economic convulsions which allow helpless populations to be coerced into accepting unpopular market reforms. She goes into the details of how populist governments were overthrown in Central and South America for the sake of "globalization."
Here she is being interviewed on the Huffington Post. I must say her analyis just plain frightens me. I don't think it will be possible for the left to win this one. Too many people have drunk the Koolaid .
Klein's description of the Green Zone as a Carnival Cruise ship in an ocean of despair chills me. Is this the way we are tending?
Spiegel Magazin ran this interview with Naomi Klein. Note that she is getting respectful press in a country that is far from being even leftist, although it does have more social democratic features than the U.S. This text is in German. I'll try to find it in English.
Among the many terrifying things Klein says is that states that want to institute unpopular economic "reforms" will resort to torturing opponents of their agenda. Let us not be blinded by their self righteous propaganda about markets and democracy,freedom,elections and so on. They don't mean it. And if they can no longer manipulate us this way they will take out the long knives, as they have in Chile, Argentina, Panama, Iraq, etc. etc.
There are too many people in the world for the taste of the elites anyway. If the whole population of Iraq were to vanish tomorrow, Bechtel and Hallburton would do a victory dance. Iraqis don't go along with what the corporations want, so they are expendable. The same is true for millions of us Americans. If we are not making money for the capitalists, or helping make life nice for them, then what in the world is the good of us?