Justin Trudeau's "shock doctrine" has a big fan in Naomi Klein
The "leftist" sage applauds the goons sent to harass the truckers
My friend Toby Rogers deftly puts it to Naomi Klein (a former friend), whose stand against the truckers really isn’t so surprising, since she’s always tended, subtly, to exonerate the predators in charge, by casting them as opportunists who jump in to take advantage of catastrophes like 9/11, rather than as the real authors of such horrors. In The Shock Doctrine, she likens those who only thus exploited 9/11 to “farmers praying for rain,” who then are jubilant when that rain just happens to start coming down.
Of course, she’s also down with the whole “green” agenda, no matter how draconian it may be. She recently applauded Don’t Look Up, a propaganda film obliquely warning of the urgent need for all of us to recognize the existential threat of climate change—as noted by Leonardo DiCaprio, the movie’s star, and a graduate of Klaus Schwab’s Young Global Leaders program.
Thus Naomi Klein exemplifies “the left,” which certainly is not “part of the solution”—or merely “part of the problem,” because today’s “left” really is the problem.
Thinking Points, Feb. 16, 2022
Martial law in Canada, Naomi Klein cancels herself, new FDA boss same as the old FDA boss, those other narcos, Jennifer Margulis, cane toads, Matthew Yglesias, petting zoos, Scott Gottlieb lies again
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A product so safe and effective that they have to impose martial law and seize people's bank accounts in order to get them to take it.
Naomi Klein cancels herself
Naomi Klein is one of the most important progressive public intellectuals in a generation. Her first book, No Logo took the world by storm and rode the wave of anti-globalization sentiment following the 1999 Seattle WTO protests. Each book she has written since has become a bigger sensation than the last — The Shock Doctrine in 2007, This Changes Everything in 2014, On Fire in 2019.
Klein’s books are an event — released simultaneously in multiple countries and multiple languages around the world, complete with documentary film tie-ins (her husband Avi Lewis is a filmmaker) to move her narrative into public consciousness.
When the left thinks of their brightest minds, Naomi Klein is always at the top of the list. She won the Sydney Peace Prize in 2016 (I attend her acceptance speech). In 2018 she received a three-year appointment as the inaugural Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture, and Feminist Studies at Rutger’s University. She is now a Professor of Climate Justice at the University of British Columbia.
I’ve read all of Klein’s books, interacted with her online, and met her at a book signing for Shock Doctrine where she wrote, “Be brave” on the title page.
Over the weekend, supporters of the Pharma-fascist Trudeau administration in Canada organized a counter-protest against the truckers who are occupying Ottawa. The counter-protest was not a surprise, fascists often find ways to use citizens — whether through militias or thuggish fake protest marches — as their shock troops against freedom. The counter-protest was small and featured the hate speech we have come to expect from the Cult of Vaccine.
So imagine my horror when the most prominent anti-corporate strategist on the left, Naomi Klein, weighed in on the side of the reactionary fascist counter-protestors, against the working class truckers in Ottawa. She was downright gleeful that the bougie counter-protestors were trying to stomp on the working class.
Klein apparently thought that she was exempt from the truism that “the base determines the superstructure.” Klein is part of the ruling class now so of course she wants to crush the peasants for getting uppity and not knowing their place.
With apologies to George Orwell, ‘if you want a vision of Canada’s future under Trudeau/Freeland (with whoops of support from Klein), imagine a Manolo Blahnik boot stamping on a human face — forever.’
As the left descends into self-parody, the Babylon Bee has become cutting-edge investigative journalism:
Noam Chomsky, Paul Krugman, all of the Obama alumni, everyone at The Atlantic, everyone at The New Yorker (especially James Surowiecki), and now Naomi Klein all jumped into a volcano because Pharma told them to. None of these people has ever read a vaccine safety study, interviewed someone who thinks differently than they do, or ever bothered to do even the most basic due diligence in evaluating the safety and effectiveness of Covid (or any other) vaccines. They took it ON FAITH that the Pharma felons were telling the truth, and they are catastrophically wrong.
The left is now a fascist wasteland.
Ugh. These people are so awful. If anything "good" has come out of Covid, it's how the past two years revealed the true nasty characters of so many people.
We were all totally indoctrinated with the idea that it was vaccines that stopped the waves of death that washed throughout the now-developed world in earlier times, and without these vaccines the waves of death would resume again. It's a far more exciting story than the mundane reality of modern infrastructure, and it rationalizes the continued existence (and high level investment in) the pharmaceutical industry and its seamless alliance with the medical establishment.
So it is *long term* fascism, replete the most severe propaganda, painting vaccine opponents as ignorant religious fanatics, and painting the conflict in the same tone as the "good guys" Galileo and Copernicus against the evil Inquisition. The thing about long term fascism, fascism that's been there all your life, is that you're not apt to be sensitive to it. Combine that with the fact that most people, even educated people, are woefully ignorant about science, due in no small part to the fact that science is taught in school as a means to extract those few who are willing to put up with what is required to become a professional scientist, and deter, create aversion, and weed out everyone else.
But it's not impossible to overcome. One of my recent linear ancestors actually invented one of the early vaccines. I've told very few people about this my entire life, but those few that I did subsequently regarded me with a wave of awe. So I see first hand what we're up against, and I'm also an illustration that even a family loyalty type prejudice can be overcome. My ancestor was kind and intelligent, but, no, that part of his life's work was probably not as useful to mankind as most people would think. It's a bitter pill to swallow.
Yes, I believe that the root of this disaster of leftist intellectuals embracing the fascist position has everything to do with the century long, severe, all pervading propaganda concerning vaccines. That has to be overcome, and there are glimmers that we just might be on the threshold of that.