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So, how will our betters use the shock doctrine to leverage the latest crisis?

The key text is Shock Doctrine by Naomi Wolf. If you haven't read it, do so immediately. Here's a l-o-o-o-n-g YouTube where she covers the main points. So much more informative and interesting than the wannabe insider's babble of Morning Edition!

So, now that the body politic has been partially anesthetized and strapped down for another application of the shock doctrine, I wonder which operations Our Betters have planned for us? How will they leverage the current crisis to their advantage (and to Fuck us over?) Think Argentina or Chile or Poland or Russia, only here in the good ol' U. S. of A.* Making Bush's tax cuts for the rich is probably a non-starter (too obvious), and tax cuts (or rebates) for the rest of us are surely nothing more than kabuki. But there must be plenty of other options. Readers?

Here are a few ideas. Bear in mind that I try to be cynical, but rarely am I cynical enough.

How about:

Socialization of the mortgage meltdown, no doubt, so we have to pay when the rich screw up, as always, but what else?

Slashing "entitlements" "temporarily"? (Though not, of course, corporate entitlements.)

A "temporary" government of national unity, to deal with the current crisis?

"Temporary" internal passport controls, to make sure immigrants don't "steal our jobs"?

A "temporary" freeze on... What? Wages, to combat "the danger of inflation?

Nuclear war against brown people? I'm sure the Christianists in the Air Force academy would like that!

I'm picturing us grabbing the rich by their shirts as they go over the edge. But the fabric tears. And because they lost their shirts as they fall into the abyss, they wouldn't be able to pull us in after them. Well, a man can still dream...

NOTE * It would be especially interesting to know the backgrounds and views of the economic advisors of the various candidates. Obama's, IIRC, are from Chicago, and the Unity concept provides anesthesia of a very high order. Edwards, I am quite sure, are not. Clinton is what she is.

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Submitted by vastleft on

... when the GOP frontrunner is John McCain?

He argues, with virtually no criticism, that the solution to Bush's failed policy of tax cuts for the wealthy is to make that policy permanent.

If you burn your hand on a stove, is the proper response to tie your hand to an eternal flame?

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Submitted by DCblogger on

Especially when I saw Moody's grab at Social Security. This is the only blog I have seen that has commented on that aspect of it.

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Am I the only one who thinks that, given the national debt and the consequent economic disaster that is ensuing, the only solution is a net worth tax on worth over say $10 million?


Submitted by lambert on

I think the word that you may be looking for is "claw back."

[x] Any (D) in the general. [ ] Any mullah-sucking billionaire-teabagging torture-loving pus-encrusted spawn of Cthulhu, bless his (R) heart.