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9/16/2008 8:55:00 PM
The Shock Doctrine

Dee Bonner

Perhaps you've noticed that our country is experiencing the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.

The Bush Administration has jumped in with both feet and proposed urgent, new policies designed to "save the economy" while totally ignoring the fact that their previous economic policies are responsible for causing the crisis in the first place.

Meanwhile, major candidates of imminent, future administrations are furiously rolling out their own assessments of the crisis and packaging campaign sound-bite solutions while pointing fingers of blame at one another.

Economic policy discussions are boring to voters. You know it. I know it. Politicians know it. In order to keep us involved and excited about elections they manufacture fake issues. Emotional issues, like, patriotism, right-to-life, guns, race, religion and lipstick on pigs. It's the old, tried and true, divide and conquer strategy.

Yet the single issue that truly affects all of us, especially in this election, is the economy.

I just finished reading a timely, informative, convincing, meticulously researched, scary-as-hell book that offers a logical explanation about the actual cause of our current economic mess.

The book is titled The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein. Published in 2007, the book is an international bestseller, has been translated into 25 languages and is currently available in paperback. If you happen to be one of those rare people who doesn't like to read books, I heartily encourage you to at least go to YouTube and find a five or six-minute Shock Doctrine video.

In short, Klein demonstrates how the economic theories of economist and conservative icon, Milton Friedman, have been embraced by a coalition of political interests and private businesses to advance a mutual agenda of privatization, free trade and slashed social spending in order to facilitate the transfer of public wealth to private corporations.

Before you cast your vote in the presidential election on November 4, I urge you to become familiar with The Shock Doctrine and see if you agree with Klein's arguments concerning the forces that really drive our economy. Then determine which of the two major presidential candidates truly represents a change that will benefit you and the country.

Who knows? You might learn what actually caused America's current economic crisis. And you might discover why Governor Daniels is such a staunch advocate of privatization. And because of "trickle-down" politics, maybe you'll find why some local politicians right here in Shelby County view government as their own, personal ATM machine.

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, October 24, 2008
Article comment by: oldfart

I have the book "Shock Doctrine". Interesting reading. I have believed all utilities like water, electric, gas etc should be owned by the people that utility serves and not being "privately owned" should/would give the users better service at a lower price. of

Posted: Monday, September 22, 2008
Article comment by: Scott

It's amazing how the Bush administration can go a year and a half telling us that they have everything under control when it's obvious that they don't. Now they tell us that the sky is falling and we're supposed to give them a blank check to fix it. Unbelievable.

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