With every year, the thesis of Naomi Klein’s book The Shock Doctrine — that conservatives and Milton Friedman corporate feudalists see disasters as opportunities to ram through their economic doctrines — gets more timely. So now that the conservative religion of deregulation has the economy flat on its back, the Republican Tabernacle Choir — which only a few years ago was singing “Deficits Don’t Matter” under Dick Cheney’s baton — is bawling for spending cuts and painting teachers and state employees as the source of all the nation’s ills. As even the New York Times can recognize, these cries of “We’re broke!” from the Republican pews are hollow scare tactics. So godspeed to the demonstrators in Wisconsin, and congratulations to the union members who turned out in force yesterday in Trenton.
Good for Wisconsin