Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Intellectual Clarity, and Political Integrity of Naomi Klein and Rachel Maddow

As a wave of anti-union bills are introduced across the country in the wake of Wall Street financial crisis, many analysts are picking up on the theory that award-winning journalist and author Naomi Klein first argued in her 2007 best-selling book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." In the book, she reveals how those in power use times of crisis to push through undemocratic and extreme free market economic policies. Democracy Now! interviews Naomi Klein to discuss how the shock doctrine is being used by politicians pushing drastic cuts and reforms as a response to the financial crisis.

"The Wisconsin protests are an incredible example of how to resist the shock doctrine," Klein says.

PART 2 of Democracy Now! discussion with Amy Goodman on Wisconsin workers struggle


Naomi Klein and Rachel Maddow are two of the most profound, dynamic, informative, and EFFECTIVE public intellectuals, journalists, writers, and progressive activists in the United States today and it is an absolute joy for me to share a very important conversation these dynamos had with each other last night on Rachel's outstanding daily news and commentary program on MSNBC. and in Klein's discussion with Amy Goodman on her award winning program 'Democracy Now!' Alongside such truly visionary and stalwart champions of radical and progressive journalism, incisive ideological and political analysis, and social advocate/progressive activist-driven commentary in both "mainstream" print and electronic media contexts as Keith Olbermann, Amy Goodman, Frank Rich, Paul Krugman, Michael Moore, Bill Moyers, Glenn Greenwald, Bob Herbert, Laura Flanders, and Charles Ferguson, etc. and the contributing writers and commentators for such important leftist and liberal alternative public media sources as Democracy Now!, Truthout, Huffington Post, Counterpunch, Daily Kos, and GritTV (among others), an extraordinary new generation of journalists and 'information organizers' are making themselves heard in a manner that frankly hasn't be seen since the legendary muckraking days of Edward R. Murrow and his contemporary colleagues (and early descendants) of the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s The conversation above between Naomi and Rachel and the sheer quality and depth of the discourse of these women and their male and female contemporaries who are strongly committed to fundamental social, economic, and cultural change in the United States is a clear indication that they are more than prepared to seriously take on and defeat the Right in all of its guises...Enjoy...