Naomi Klein: The Shock Doctrine-The Deliberate Exploitation of a Crisis to Weaken Democracy


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Naomi Klein author of the book Shock Doctrine came to last night (October 27th) UC Berkeley at the Mario Salvio Annual Free Speech  Movement  Event and spoke to an overflow crowd of 1200 people. 500 were turned away. Her message was on point and sobering as she laid out all the steps and triggers that have led up to the current economic tailspin many of us are feeling.

Klein went into detail about the Shock Doctrine and how certain tyrannical leaders look for or manfacture crises and emergencies with the goal of pushing through facist type agendas.. She laid out how this took place in New orleans and how it is currently manifesting itself here in California through Governor Arnold Schwatrznegger and his plan to raise UC fees by a whooping 32%

This is a must listen to interview and even though the issue being addressed is one impacting students in California, much of what she speaks on applies to folks everywhere including us here in Texas. What we need to be looking for are examples of the Shock Doctrine in our own backyard. In other words what sort of crises have emerged where those in power were insisting that we do away with formalities and allow  so called ’emergency’ measures to take place..

 Sit back and take notes.. Cause Ms Klein pulls no punches.. We are going to post the Q&A sometime tomorrow.

-Davey D-

Breakdown FM: Naomi Klein podcast-The Shock Doctrine at UC Berekely


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