Boy howdy! That thar Naomi Klein sure do lay it out klean and klar, don’t she? She’s got herself five, count ’em! Five steps!
Numero troi is to know all y’all’s history, like how we got into the Second Iraq War. It were after 9/11, and Dubya trumped up the evidence against that ol’ boy, Saddamn Hesinsane. Ain’t we sorry we done that? Well, this here is what she’s on about, so you listen and you listen real good.
We have five steps fer us all ta faller for when the crisis hits. Now, I want all y’all to know that this here WH administration is understaffed and inexperienced, so any sizable crisis will just overwhelm it. And, let’s face it, the Ol’ Pussy Grabber ain’t the steadiest hand on the tiller, amirite? But, they shore will be able to exploit a crisis. So, larn yore self these here five steps and learn ’em good, ya hear? Thar will be a pop quiz.
Shock. It’s a word that has come up a lot since November— for obvious reasons. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy. Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.