Worrisome Wednesday


Disaster Capitalism

Speculation is unnecessary. All that’s required is a little knowledge of recent history. Ten years ago, I published “The Shock Doctrine,” a history of the ways in which crises have been systematically exploited over the last half century to further a radical pro-corporate agenda. The book begins and ends with the response to Hurricane Katrina, because it stands as such a harrowing blueprint for disaster capitalism.

That’s relevant because of the central, if little-recalled, role played by the man who is now the U.S. vice president, Mike Pence. At the time Katrina hit New Orleans, Pence was chairman of the powerful and highly ideological Republican Study Committee (RSC). On September 13, 2005 — just 14 days after the levees were breached and with parts of New Orleans still under water — the RSC convened a fateful meeting at the offices of the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.

Under Pence’s leadership, the group came up with a list of “Pro-Free-Market Ideas for Responding to Hurricane Katrina and High Gas Prices” — 32 policies in all, each one straight out of the disaster capitalism playbook.

@ TI


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19 Responses to Worrisome Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Waiting for the false flag…


  2. jimhitchcock says:

    So long Butch Trucks.


  3. micki says:

    Bill’s pre-Micki girlfriend died today.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    How soon can article 4 of the 25th amendment be invoked? Tomorrow?


    • Den says:

      There are three tiers of assholes to plow through then, trump, pence, and ryan, assholes every one, we seem to be ass-deep in them.


  5. º¿carol says:

    Weather still holding, always rain. You’d think we were Seattle, or London, lol.

    Trump’s gag order on some of the departments in the government, those folks are defying him and opening private accounts to keep us informed. RESIST! It’s what has to happen. Can’t keep letting Trump get away with everything.

    Can we please retire the ‘pilot/plane’ analogy? If you are on a plane, and the pilot is throwing tantrums like a six-year-old, and flying the plane upside down and in the wrong direction, and throwing people he doesn’t like out through the emergency exit, is the sane response to keep your seat belt buckled, be quiet, and hope for the best.


  6. º¿carol says:

    Voter fraud, voter fraud, voter fraud…he won the keys to the kingdom and he’s STILL not happy. Still complaining about the election, he needs a shrink.

    Tossing that out there, a national distraction. Focus on that and there’s no room for the important stuff to pop up. I’d like to say that’s why he brought it up…again, except it’s too obvious he’s a child in a man’s body and he can’t control his impulses. That’s just great for us. 😦


    • jimhitchcock says:

      And then there’s Lamar Smith, (R-Tx), Science, Space and Technology Cmte. Chair, stating “better to get your news directly from the President, in fact it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth”.

      Hey, I thought La-La Land was supposed to be a musical.


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  8. Den says:

    Rich boy is a certified psycho, but you have to ask yourself, would we be better off with pense, if your answer is yes you are certifiable crazy yourself and don’t belong here.

    Rock, meet hard place.


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