Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Video of Naomi Klein on the Colbert Report

In this video, Stephan Colbert pretends to defend making money off disasters. Despite his jokes, Klein gets her argument across. Notice the connection she makes to Hurricane Katrina. How do you think this argument relates to our overall course theme of America's place in the world?
- The argument that Naomi Klein emphasizes through out her book "The Shock Doctrine" and this video, is that the U.S government has taken and continues to take advantage of the people when they are in the state of shock. The state of shock, meaning when the people are going through difficult situations, such as: recessions, high unemployment, natural disasters and wars. People tend to have hope in the government and there is when officials in power take advantage of people's innocence in order to benefit themselves. I totally agree with her argument, because all the material that we have read and watched across the cluster, has shown us how the U.S government and their officials are very self interested and have used this tactic in order to get what they want. So, I believe that we must be alert and not let the people in power take advantage of us anymore!!!

We going through an economic recession right now, and I'm wondering how the government and its official will take advantage of this situation??? or they already did??? ;D