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Monday, February 28, 2011
Krugthulu on Wisconsin
Krugman posts to his blog about the sudden striking media blackout of the ongoing urgently important pro-labor mass protests in Madison, Wisconsin, which are growing rather than shrinking all the while their media coverage is ominously shrinking. Nobody who remembers the triumphalist run-up to the illegal immoral Iraq war based on lies, and the hundreds of thousands of protestors in every city who knew better than their "betters" what was happening and likely to happen and yet were treated by the media at best as a minor irrelevance can feel particularly cheerful to find the voice of the decent sensible majority ignored by elite-incumbent forces the better to impose their disastrous anti-democratizing measures. In a recent column, Krugman also used Naomi Klein's "shock doctrine" (from her book of the same name, and referring, in a nutshell, to the opportunistic recourse by incumbent elites to a self-created or exacerbated crisis situation to impose authoritarianism and loot commonwealth) in his analysis of Walker's union-busting crony-capitalistic power grab in Wisconsin. Even if I personally believe that her earlier effort No Logo is the better of her books (I teach it in every critical theory survey course to this day, right there along with Marx, Nietzsche, Freud, Fanon, Benjamin, Adorno, Barthes, Debord, Arendt, Foucault, Gilroy, Haraway, Butler), I am thrilled any time a large audience is directed to Klein's work.