June 14th, 2017

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I per-orderd my copy of No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need back in April and I expect to read the book in the next week.

Meanwhile, Klein, in How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine for The Intercept writes:

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” an investigation that spanned four decades from Pinochet’s U.S.-backed coup in 1970s Chile to Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy. Push through radical “free market” policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class.

The administration is creating chaos. Daily. Of course many of the scandals are the result of the president’s ignorance and blunders – not some nefarious strategy.

For her piece, Klein uploaded the video above that focuses on five vital steps for those wishing to resist the shock doctrine.

Step 1: Know what’s coming.
Step 2: Get out of your home and defy the bans.
Step 3: Know your history.
Step 4: Always follow the money.
Step 5: Advance a bold counter-plan.

All the steps are vital, but over the years I’ve noticed that among the politically active, adherence to Step 3 seems the most lacking. Forget most of what you may learned in public schools. That is sanitized and shallow at best. Seek out historians who tell a different story from what you learned in school. Carefully consider what they have to say and weigh their scholarship against the misnomer of common sense.

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