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Naomi Klein's book SHOCK DOCTRINE describes perhaps the most horrific, monstrous movements in the history of the world-- Disaster Capitalism's Shock Doctrine. It has caused the deaths, maiming and torturing of millions throughout the world. It's supporters and promoters should be tried, convicted and imprisoned in the deepest, nastiest prisons.

Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine, should be required reading by every American. This book has really shook me up. It's done a major surgical restructuring of my brain-- the way I look at the world, at politics. That's because it puts things together, adds things up, explains patterns-- malignant patterns, the way the US, the CIA, corporations and monstrous totalitarian dictators have operated. It ties these despicable creatures and crimes to neocon globalist, free trade philosophies.

One other book that really reached me was Sinclair Lewis's IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE, which describes how the US is taken over by fascists. I keep a 1935 copy of it in view on my computer workspace. When I saw the book SHOCK DOCTRINE, the cover looked familiar. But I let it go. Then, I glanced, while holding SHOCK DOCTRINE in my hand, at my copy of IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE. I realized how similar the covers are. I'm dying to find out if this was intentional or simply a serendipitous visual accident.



covers of Shock Doctrine and Lewis's 1935 IT CAN'T HAPPEN HERE


I'm not finished reading the book yet. But already, it has touched me so deeply-- I have to write about it.

The MATRIX movie series suggested that once you can "see" the way the system works, once you are fully aware of how you function within the system, you have far greater power to make a difference, to fight the system.


The SHOCK DOCTRINE shows you the "grids of power" within the "matrix" that corporate monsters have been operating within for decades, applying the neocon wetdreams of war criminal Milton Friedman, who took his economic theories and encouraged dictators and thugs to apply them fully, with the use of mass murders, tortures and disappearings. He made a science of it-- a science he was proud of, that the US and even major foundations funded and supported.

The world has been subjected to these ideas, and they have been promoted as brilliant, necessary ideas for the evolution of commerce. Instead, they are monstrous, horrific, terrible ideas that serve not humans, but corporations.

As I've said before, since the beginnings of the genre of science fiction, since Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, writers have described the creation of monsters by humans-- monsters that turn on humans and kill. Some go beyond killing a person to killing whole groups, towns, cultures. Some literally terraform the earth, changing it so it supports the monster, at the price of human life. Some of these monsters enslave humans. Some destroy the earth or lay it to waste, so humans can no longer survive on it. Arnold Schwarzenegger played a terminator, then a rebel terminator, from a computer/robotic group that was attacking and attempting to destroy humanity.

I believe that this monster-- this terminator invention has been prowling the earth, destroying cultures, killing and enslaving millions. It came into existence several centuries ago, and now it has reached it's most powerful form ever.

I'm talking about the corporation. Small businesses can be quite benign. But the biggest transnational companies can be dangerous inhuman behemoths, capable of the most horrible atrocities.

The most powerful nations have signed on the the World Trade Organization, the World Bank and other similar globalist organizations that pave the way for these corporate behemoths. These organizations are run by un-elected, often anonymous people who can make decisions and decrees that are forced down the throats of people who think they live in democracies.

Klein's book is a huge best-seller, printed, off-the-bat, in seven languages. It lays out and documents massive crimes by Americans, by the CIA and by foreign subsidiaries of US-based corporations, including General Motors, Ford, ITT. Yet we see so little coverage of the book in the mainstream media. That's no suprise. They are part of the problem, and why I've morphed my language from calling them the lamestream media, which suggested failure to report and do the job, to corpstream media, which suggests intentional killing of the truth, in collusion with the massive corporations that control the mainstream media message.

The main story Klein tells is that the US has helped dictators, in dozens of nations, to create chaos and confusion using military coups, torture, mass killings and horrific repression of free speech and protest. They use these criminal actions to: -take over a country,
-drastically reduce government services,
-reduce or eliminate laws and regulations that regulate corporations,
-take national resources that belong to the people and sell them off, privatizing them, to corporations-- things like water, forests, schools, roads, armies
-destroy the middle class to take away their power.

They do these things to implement Milton Friedman's free trade, globalist theories as taught and promoted by the University of Chicago School of Economics. Friedman and his acolytes would consult with the worst of the torturing, murdering dictators, encouraging them to go ever further in destroying the middle class, in eliminating protections against corporate abuse. These University of Chicago economists are heinous criminals. They deserve nothing less than imprisonment in the darkest places, like Guantanamo. And with them, the heads of the corporations that have helped support these dictators, that have informed on union leaders-- they too belong in prisons for aiding and abetting torture, murder and, how would you describe destruction of nations, "nationocide?"

Naomi Klein calls this "disaster capitalism." The USA, often through the CIA, aided, even initiated, by support and advising and encouraging the dictators, some of the worst anti-democratic administrations. The USA engineered some of the stupidest coups that ended up creating some of our worst enemies. They do this without congressional support without "we the people" voting on these incredibly important decisions. And they lie and lie and lie to us, through the media through false testimony, false reports, totally fabricated news... that the corpstream media sells and flogs the public with until the dictators are seen as being the good guys and the democratically elected progressives are seen as dangerous socialists or communists who hate America.

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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presentation here, there are certain weaknesses in... by Richard Mynick on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 12:11:33 PM
You wrote:"Congress is no more capable of &qu... by Barbara Peterson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 4:29:24 PM
Klein reports on congressional hearings that, in f... by Rob Kall on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 5:56:24 PM
An organization such as Congress can investig... by Barbara Peterson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 6:19:55 PM
are invariably the result. Think of the 9-11 Commi... by Richard Mynick on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 6:47:36 PM
Just as we saw Waxman's committee wax eloquent... by ardee D. on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 6:59:13 PM
Great minds think alike :) I have been studying al... by Barbara Peterson on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 4:26:04 PM
Brazil's president is a right winger not a pro... by Ty on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 4:54:29 PM
either -- he's a former labor leader & fou... by Richard Mynick on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 5:59:43 PM
It is NOT at fault.  It just seems like it be... by Edward Ulysses Cate on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 6:50:52 PM
I agree strongly. Capitalism isn't the problem... by Pappy on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 7:57:13 PM
"preferring to live in the USSR." That&#... by Richard Mynick on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 9:01:59 PM
So long as your cool with condemning 2/3 of the po... by Shelby on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 10:37:13 AM
was actually quite effective in exposing the CIA&#... by WML on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 8:15:26 PM
An excellent article Rob:Naomi Klein is indee... by Munich on Sunday, Nov 25, 2007 at 11:08:43 PM
THIS IS GREAT WE TALKED THESE GLOBALIST ALMOST TO ... by RICHARD SHADE on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 3:28:31 AM
 Rob, now you know what I'm talking about... by Geraldo on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 5:50:28 AM
Nice Article Rob, but their are only a few ways to... by Sleeper on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 7:04:24 AM
I know, I know.... just read Marx again... if you ... by Shelby on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 7:59:00 AM
By praising Marx, I'm not proposing Communism ... by Shelby on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 9:03:05 AM
the ongoing disintegration of US democracy. You wr... by Richard Mynick on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 11:14:07 AM
and it's as though you just came on board. Eve... by Jim Freeman on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 8:53:08 AM
Anyone who would write about "the neocon wetd... by gator80 on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 9:02:20 AM
the forces of evil are very persistent in what the... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 9:23:17 AM
Hi Mark,You wrote: the forces of evil are ver... by Barbara Peterson on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 12:09:32 PM
Yes, this is the Matrix we are facing, an ali... by Mac McKinney on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 9:52:14 AM
Rob,Unbridled capitalism goes beyond the dangers r... by Mike Folkerth on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 10:19:07 AM
Combine Shock Doctrine and Confessions of an Econo... by Richard Girard on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 4:00:53 PM
So, I think it's very creepy to start demonizi... by Larissa Paschyn on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 5:49:15 PM
I have seen Naomi Klein with Amy Goodman.  Sh... by Umbagog on Monday, Nov 26, 2007 at 9:43:01 PM