Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Technosanity #15: Naomi Klein, Shock Doctrine presentation in Santa Cruz

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This is a presentation given by Naomi Klein equating the financial meltdown of August/September/October 2008 with her general thesis of the Shock Doctrine of Disaster Capitalism. This thesis cuts to the heart of the reshaping of whole societies, using disasters as a means to justify enacting societal changes which would normally be untenable but under the influence of some kind of disaster societies are more agreeable to suggestions they would not normally accept. This idea is not new, other writers have discussed the same pattern. After a stunning disaster the society is in shock, and into that moment of widespread shock the leader steps in and says "I have a plan" and offers to save the day.

What's different in Naomi Klein's thesis is the agenda.. namely of using disasters, sometimes natural sometimes invented, to push an agenda of corporatization of everything and corporate control of everything.

This is a rebroadcast of a radio program produced for Free Radio Santa Cruz 101fm of Naomi Klein talking at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz Ca. on Oct 17, 2008

FRSC coverage of the sold out event includes the short documentary "The Shock Doctrine" by Naomi Klein and Alfonso CuarĂ³n Watch it here

The event was put on by the awesome folks at the Resource Center for Nonviolence and Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. Introduction by Bill Monning music by: Thievery Corporation.

Naomi's Book: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism: In THE SHOCK DOCTRINE, Naomi Klein explodes the myth that the global free market triumphed democratically. Exposing the thinking, the money trail and the puppet strings behind the world-changing crises and wars of the last four decades, The Shock Doctrine is the gripping story of how America’s “free market” policies have come to dominate the world-- through the exploitation of disaster-shocked people and countries.

Recorded, edited and produced by Skidmark Bob For Free Radio Santa Cruz 101fm

Prior coverage:

Technosanity #15: Naomi Klein, Shock Doctrine presentation in Santa Cruz

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