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  •  Glad to see this here (24+ / 0-)

    I'm someone who has long believed that Daily Kos, as a site (meaning everyone) has not been sufficiently attentive to economics. Seeing this book review here therefore makes me happy to see that we are starting to take economic questions with the seriousness they deserve.

    Neoliberalism is one of the biggest scams to ever be forced upon the globe. And Klein's core point is that it was the product of force. Free market economics is inherently hostile to democracy. At its very core is the belief that the public should not have the power to override the actions and outcomes of the market.

    Until we challenge that idea, we will never get out of the mess we find ourselves in.

    I'm not part of a redneck agenda - Green Day

    by eugene on Sun Oct 14, 2007 at 04:49:08 PM PDT

    •  I've been reading down through (9+ / 0-)

      this diary, and commenting, for two hours...finally arriving at this gem, to which I would only add that so-called neoliberal economics is not economics: it is looting, using the monopoly of force of government to do so. Government is supposed to be constrained by the consent of the governed. Thus, neoliberalism is not really a theory of economics. It is a theory of power. It is a method by which the corporate scions gain control of government without the awareness of those who finance government and consent to be controlled by it. Once in control of the representatives of the people, and the architecture of coercion, the corporations proceed to loot the commons. Thence forward the people are but 'fodder units'. Those who refuse to submit are enslaved via the prison-industrial complex.

      The neocons are modern-day Vikings.

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