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And our nightmare began!

If you haven't already, I highly recommend reading Naomi Klein's book, The Shock Doctrine.  If you are like me, I have read a lot of history; however, there was a thread of cohesion lacking that explained the financing of history.  Who pays and who gains from disaster?  Naomi answers these questions for the history beginning in the 1960s through today.  I just finished the book and am left with this question:

Are we the latest victims of Shock?   Are we facing private highways?  Bridges? Police? Firemen? Military?  If so, we need to know the histories of Chile, Argentina, El Salvador, Poland, Russia, South Africa, New Orleans, and Iraq which is the poster child for privatization gone wrong.  Here, in Naomi's own words:

Are we the next victims of Milt Friedman's economic policies that first destroy a country and then use the shock to enrich those who are standing ready as all of our services are privatized?

Will your grandchildren be able to afford to live in gated communities fortified and protected by private security and militia like other countries require?  Most won't.  To avoid this potential world in America, we need to reverse the policies that have hollowed out our government and given the job to protect and operate our country to private corporations.

We really need Obama to reject the economic policies of his Friedman followers, Larry Summers and Bob Rubin.  The new mantra to reduce the deficit will most likely mean a great reduction of our social safety nets if the histories of the countries above are followed.

Here is Naomi on the Bailout:

To date, billions still flow to the Masters of the Universe instead of to the people.  Are we to be assuaged by the few crumbs we have received?  

The new conversation about taxing health insurance benefits is not a good indicator that PROGRESSIVES are calling the shots in Washington.  

Obama's declaration that 'private companies' will be given the Stimulus Infrastructure projects is another Friedman declaration.

Tim Geithner reported to Congress that Treasury had hired private firms to audit the Bailout Banks.

There are 3 private contractors for every soldier in Iraq.  And they are paid for with OUR DEBT/TAX DOLLARS.  Lot's of people getting rich on this war, and it ain't you and it ain't me.

Bush, Cheney, and especially Rumsfeld hollowed out our government and privatized everything they could.  A private company was given millions to manage the Katrina reconstruction.  We all see how well that is going.

We need to help Obama do the right thing for the people, us, and America.  We know what needs to be done.  Reinstate dedicated public servants into our government and end the privatization of America.

America has this golden opportunity to lead the world to a more just and wholesome direction.  We can't let the corporatists win or the world will become a more hateful and unjust world for the majority of its people, including our children and grandchildren.

We must live by the goldlen rule:  

Do Unto Others as We Would Have Them Do Unto Us

If you can, read Klein's book.  I found a copy at a Kroger affiliate grocery store at a great discount.
Learn how we have been living by this not-so-golden rule:

The Man With the Gold Makes the Rules

Originally posted to War on Error on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 02:07 PM PDT.

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  •  Tips for Naomi Klein tips (14+ / 0-)

    She is one BRAVE woman.

    Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

    by War on Error on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 02:08:16 PM PDT

    •  Obviously you don't understand capitalism. (5+ / 0-)

      Capitalism, you see, is perfect.  It works perfectly, demand balancing supply, inflation interacting unemployment, jobs migrating to the least paid workers, like the moon pulls on the tides.

      Right wing economists have it all right there: Elegant and ingenious mathematics, perfectly balanced economic models, all demonstrating that Klein is confused and sadly deluded.

      The financial markets work in perfect harmony if capitalism is completely unfettered from the distortions of government.  Laissez-faire's tenets are like celestial spheres, perfect, unchanging, harmonious.

      Should all public schools be privatized so that the best education can emerge?  Of course.  Should the military be disbanded in favor of folks like Blackwater, now Xe?  Naturally.  Should police become corporatized to produce for-profit protection.  Sure.  Pay roads, privatized social security, eradicate medicare?  Absolutely.  It's all good -- haven't you heard?

      And most importantly, capitalism always promotes freedom because, you see, markets are free.  We can also do away with free elections, just so long as the markets remain free.  Keeping the markets free is humanity's raison d'etra because if free markets are just left alone, those very same free markets will become self-regulating, suppressing greed, raising all boats like a high tide.

      We must all bow down to the Chicago School of Economics.  They know everything.

      To a Democrat, "democracy" means "free elections." To a Republican, "free markets."

      by XOVER on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 03:17:36 PM PDT

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      •  SNARK AWARD for Xover. Thanks. (4+ / 0-)
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        Just like when Kings ruled the world, people survived.  Some better than others.  Like Madoff in a $7,000,000 Manhattan Penthouse, and Joe Schlomo in a San Diego tent.

        Free markets.  Always fair.  Always righteous.  Always altruistic.  Always brimming with concern and support for those unlucky enough to not be able to take care of themselves.

        Free markets.  Privatize everything.  Let the best men win.

        Thanks, Xover.

        So, what does an un-free market look like?  

        Regulations in place just in case, once in a while, someone like Madoff comes along.  Regulations and laws to protect Joe Schlomo from having his tent cut to pieces by the local police.  You know, social justice.

        Police cutting up tents of homeless people like this:

        Poverty does not mean powerless. Unite!

        by War on Error on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 03:36:07 PM PDT

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  •  I'll comment later (0+ / 0-)

    Love = Awareness of mutually beneficial exchange across semi-permeable boundaries. Political and economic systems either amplify or inhibit Love.

    by Bob Guyer on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 02:25:14 PM PDT

  •  Are we (2+ / 0-)
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    the next victims of the shock doctrine?  Yes.  Any other questions?

    Hope. Don't make into another 4 letter word.

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 02:50:35 PM PDT

  •  Thank you! (0+ / 0-)

    It is wonderful to hear Naomi. She is so enlightened.
    Sunday on CSPAN they had the great author Ms. Coulter all day, they had mostly right wing nuts all day!  I found them everywhere, in all the channels.  

    When they were in power democrats and liberals were banned from the news... now they are out of power and they still flood the TV programs on Sunday, Dick, and so on an so forth.

    Simply amazing!

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