Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shock And Awe In The USA

Here is a worthwhile essay by Naomi Kline, author of The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism:

We already know that the Trump administration plans to deregulate markets, wage all-out war on “radical Islamic terrorism,” trash climate science, and unleash a fossil-fuel frenzy. It’s a vision that can be counted on to generate a tsunami of crises and shocks: economic shocks, as market bubbles burst; security shocks, as blowback from foreign belligerence comes home; weather shocks, as our climate is further destabilized; and industrial shocks, as oil pipelines spill and rigs collapse, which they tend to do, especially when enjoying light-touch regulation.

All this is dangerous enough. What’s even worse is the way the Trump administration can be counted on to exploit these shocks politically and economically.

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First of all, Donald Trump did NOT invent "disaster capitalism". It came out of the Chicago school of economics (i.e., the turf of Hillary Clinton, Rahm Emanuel, and Obama ad-Dajjal).

Second, the shock doctrine is not even a US monopoly. It has been applied by many governments in various places around the world. It's a favorite of global leaning oligarchs, bankgangsters, and corporate CEOs. Think "Davos mafia" when the shock doctrine comes up.

Who coined the phrase "you never let a serious crisis go to waste"? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a Democrat, who has aspirations of becoming the next US president. He's applying the shock doctrine to Chicago as we speak, and very likely would apply it to the entire nation if he got into the White House.

Klein mentions Hurricane Katrina in her essay, but the most expansive application of the shock doctrine in the US was our response to 9/11. Note well that BOTH Republicans and Democrats jumped on the bandwagon and supported the ridiculous things "our" government did in response to the attacks. And we still suffer from its aftermath, as the US surveil and torture death state continued its expansion throughout the Obama presidency. Realistically, Obama ad-Dajjal set the stage and enabled everything Trump now will do.

So, please cut the anti-Trump crap. This is now the way the US operates, and the shock, awe, and disruption will continue until the elites get exactly what they want - complete mastery of the global economy.

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