Get the Hook Monday

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Sean Spicer in a rare public appearance without his costume next to idiot whats-his-name.

The fact that Naomi Klein predicted the forces that explain the rise to power of Donald Trump gives her no pleasure at all. It is 17 years since Klein, then aged 30, published her first book, No Logo – a seductive rage against the branding of public life by globalising corporations – and made herself, in the words of the New Yorker, “the most visible and influential figure on the American left” almost overnight. She ended the book with what sounded then like “this crazy idea that you could become your own personal global brand”.

Speaking about that idea now, she can only laugh at her former innocence. No Logo was written before social media made personal branding second nature. Trump, she suggests in her new book, No Is Not Enough, exploited that phenomenon to become the first incarnation of president as a brand, doing to the US nation and to the planet what he had first practised on his big gold towers: plastering his name and everything it stands for all over them.

Klein has also charted the other force at work behind the victory of the 45th president. Her 2007 book, The Shock Doctrine, argued that neoliberal capitalism, the ideological love affair with free markets espoused by disciples of the late economist Milton Friedman, was so destructive of social bonds, and so beneficial to the 1% at the expense of the 99%, that a population would only countenance it when in a state of shock, following a crisis – a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a war.

@ TG

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10 Responses to Get the Hook Monday

  1. Den says:

    Wait for the boom and the sheeple will all fall in line.

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  2. David B. Benson says:

    @ the Cougar County Drive-in again, where I discover that I have been in Pullman longer than it has.

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  3. Den says:

    Mmmm, tasty! Clam Baskets, aren’t they hard for the clams to carry?

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  4. Den says:

    Three penguins walk onto a (sand)bar…

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