Re: [OPE] The Dog Days of August?

From: Dave Zachariah (
Date: Sun Aug 10 2008 - 17:23:23 EDT

Hi Jerry,

Vacation ends for most employees in Sweden around this time of August.

I have a comment rather than a proper topic. I recently listened to a 
talk by Naomi Klein on her theory of "shock doctrine". The central 
argument rests on a quote by Milton Friedman:

    "Only a crisis --- actual or perceived --- produces real change.
    When that crisis occurs, the actions that are taken depend on the
    ideas that are lying around. . . . Our basic function [is] to
    develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and
    available until the politically impossible"

Doesn't this strike you as a very Marxist theory of crises and political 

//Dave Z

on 2008-08-10 20:19 GERALD LEVY wrote:
> Hi everyone:
> Is everyone on vacation this time of year?
> The list has been very quiet in recent days.
> Does anyone have any new topics for
> discussion?
> In solidarity, Jerry

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