I was handed a copy of Naomi Klein's new book "Shock Doctrine" after I agreed to interview her on KBOO. The interview will be tomorrow at 9:30, that is, at the bottom of the hour after the start of my program "PressWatch" at 9 AM. I was glad to get a chance to interview Ms. Klein; however, after examining the book, I realized that this is one of those potentially seminal works that (hopefully) will influence an informed backlash against Bushism.
It is an analysis of the devastating and violent effects of the "Chicago School" economics, in the context of US imperialism and torture policies. It dissects and analyzes the zeitgeist that has arched from the fascistization of (e.g.) Chile to the brutalization of Iraq. In this wise it is comparable to Galeano's "Open veins of Latin America" or Zinn's "People's History."
I have no connection to Klein or her publisher. I am praising this work because I believe it is potentially useful as a tool in destroying corporate capitalism. The work goes a long way in providing clarity and transparency in the analysis of the fascist hegemons driving US policy today.
Naomi Klein will be at the Unitarian Church in downtown Portland November 7th, at 7PM; apparently the event is sponsored by Powell's Books.
Here is a link to a video summarizing the book (I haven't seen it yet):
She was recently on Olbermann's show: