"Understanding that we never lost the battle of ideas, that we only lost a series of dirty wars, is key to building the confidence that we lack to ignite the passionate intensity that we need."
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Naomi Klein: From Think Tanks to Battle Tanks, "The Quest to Impose a Single World Market Has Casualties Now in the Millions"
'Is Another World Possible?' That was the theme of this year's annual meeting of the American Sociological Association that was held in New York City this past weekend. "We did not lose the battles of ideas. We were not outsmarted and we were not out-argued,” journalist and author Naomi Klein said. “We lost because we were crushed. Sometimes we were crushed by army tanks, and sometimes we were crushed by think tanks. And by think tanks I mean the people who are paid to think by the makers of tanks." Klein is author of the forthcoming book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism."
The State Department is coming under criticism this week for refusing to allow a prominent South African social scientist to enter the country. Adam Habib was scheduled to speak at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in New York this past weekend but the government has refused to give him a visa.
Ironically, the theme of this year's ASA conference was "Is Another World Possible?" At the conference, the ASA planned a series of sessions to assess the potential for progressive social change both in the United States and the world and to invite a serious discussion of "economic globalization" and its consequences.
One of the most highly anticipated sessions was to feature Jeffrey Sachs, an internationally known economist and a former special advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, versus Naomi Klein, the Canadian journalist and author. But shortly before the ASA conference opened, Sachs pulled out. Unclear if it was related to the fact that Naomi Klein takes him on in her forthcoming book, "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." The theme of her talk was "Lost Worlds."
Naomi Klein, journalist and author. Her forthcoming book is "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism." More information at NaomiKlein.org.
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