mbender wrote:I think it's fair to say that Ms. Klein is a partisan, but it's important to note that this "crisis=opportunity" thinking is embraced by both parties at the highest levels.
The point of the book/talk/documentary is that Klein shows the origin - from early shock treatment through real-world uses of techniques designed to 'soften' the public and make them more easily...guided...
Yes, it's about political power, profit, the media, and the public - and the government take-overs and other experiments designed to make attaining the former more efficient and effective.
edit... From the book:
That is how the shock doctrine works: the original disaster—the coup, the
terrorist attack, the market meltdown, the war, the tsunami, the hurricane —
puts the entire population into a state of collective shock. The falling
bombs, the bursts of terror, the pounding winds serve to soften up whole societies
much as the blaring music and blows in the torture cells soften up
prisoners. Like the terrorized prisoner who gives up the names of comrades
and renounces his faith, shocked societies often give up things they would
otherwise fiercely protect. Jamar Perry and his fellow evacuees at the Baton
Rouge shelter were supposed to give up their housing projects and public
schools. After the tsunami, the fishing people in Sri Lanka were supposed to
give up their valuable beachfront land to hoteliers. Iraqis, if all had gone according
to plan, were supposed to be so shocked and awed that they would
give up control of their oil reserves, their state companies and their sovereignty
to U.S. military bases and green zones.
The Shock Doctrine, P17
"...shocked societies often give up things they would otherwise fiercely protect." Like, maybe, the way American citizens gave-up large chunks of their civil rights via the so-called "Patriot Act" after 9/11...