The author of “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism” shared some words of advice this week.
In an interview with DemocracyNow!, Naomi Klein says that “extreme” free-market economist Milton Friedman was “wrong about a whole lot” but he was right about this:
“Only a crisis—actual or perceived—produces real change. When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the ideas that are lying around.”
In times of crisis, Klein says, seemingly impossible ideas suddenly become possible.” Then she goes on:
“But whose ideas? Sensible, fair ones, designed to keep as many people as possible safe, secure and healthy? Or predatory ideas, designed to further enrich the already unimaginably wealthy while leaving the most vulnerable further exposed?”
We would argue that the window for “sensible, fair ideas” will slam shut quickly, unless we demand otherwise.
Now, more than ever, we need a Regenerative Green New Deal.