The Shock Doctrine, In Practice


Putting the brakes on the auto industry bailout package of $14 billion dollars (which was designed to last until March or April, when Chrysler and GM could come back with better, more formative ideas of future strategies) has absolutely nothing to do with pricipled ideals about capitalism and the free market for Senate Republicans. If that had been the case, the previous $700 billion financial market rescue would have been filibustered and held up infinitely — and Henry Paulson would not be moving the goal posts on how the money is supposed to be used every couple of weeks.

It has nothing to do with waiting for better strategies and plans from those companies, either. If it had been, they would have asked for a clearer explanation from Paulson, the Fed and banks on not hoarding the credit, as they are doing right now.

This is about busting the United Auto Workers union, pure and simple. It’s Naomi Klein’s Shock Doctrine on display: use an emergency situation to force radical, unrelated changes in policy that you had wanted all along.   Please note the plan of one Tennessee senator named Bob Corker yes, the same hick fuck who race-baited former Representative Harold Ford, Jr. in order to win his Senate seat — that the G.O.P. proceeded to line itself up behind:

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Stealing Signals: Do The Collapse.

Marlins 8, Mets 1; Phillies 6, Nationals 1 – When a team blows a division lead of this magnitude in a span of fewer than three weeks, there are so many fingers to point that it’s actually hard to separate the truth from fiction. There was only about a stretch of a couple of months this season where every aspect of the Met machine was clicking on all cylinders; a good deal of this season was spent marveling at how poorly the Mets could play while the Phillies were unable to make headway because its bullpen and/or starting pitching was fouling up just as poorly, if not more so, at the same time. My father and I had several conversations about this, and while still hoping for the Mets to take it, knew that no team could operate on the concept that the team below them would continue to share the same inconsistencies for the rest of the season. Something was always off, and when the wheels completely came off the bullpen last month, everyone else came with it — Carlos Delgado’s problems at the plate, the lack of starting pitching depth that offense could negate, the bats that couldn’t keep the team afloat forever.

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