Shock Doctrine

The most effective time to impose drastic change on a system is when it is disoriented due to an unexpected shock. During this period events are unfolding faster than information is made available to explain those events, thus leaving people vulnerable to accept any remedy to their condition. With people at their most vulnerable the shock period becomes an invitation for drastic change. The change applied depends on the ideas that are present during the shock....

March 26, 2021

Waiting for a Crisis

I’m currently reading The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein where she repaints the impact of US economic influence on South American policies. A quote from Chicago School economist 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. That I believe, is our basic function: to develop alternatives to existing policies, to keep them alive and available until the politically impossible becomes the politically inevitable....

March 9, 2021