Shock Resistance

How to Resist The Shock Doctrine

In this video released by the Intercept, Naomi Klein warns us all not to fall for the “Shock and Awe” strategy that the president uses so effectively to distract the public from his tactics and intentions. While cable news and much of the internet cannot stop obsessing over his incendiary tweeting, there is actually work being done, and it is not getting the coverage it deserves.

This is completely by design. They are trying to create chaos and disarray. And it is working so far…

From Naomi Klein’s “How to Resist Trump’s Shock Doctrine”:

The administration is creating chaos. Daily. Of course many of the scandals are the result of the president’s ignorance and blunders – not some nefarious strategy.

But there is also no doubt that some savvy people around Trump are using the daily shocks as cover to advance wildly pro-corporate policies that bear little resemblance to what Trump pledged on the campaign trail.

And the worst part? This is likely just the warm up.

A major crisis could redraw the political map overnight, giving Trump and his crew free rein to ram through their most extreme ideas.

It is not hyperbole to imagine a scenario where the government exploits a tragedy for their own nefarious purposes, especially with who is calling the shots. It was not all that long ago that public paranoia was exploited to produce radical changes in foreign and domestic policy.

It could very easily happen again.

A Deeper Look

Klein has long been an expert in shock politics, and her assessment of the current situation is dire. She expands on this topic in greater detail in this article written for the Guardian:

From the evidence so far, it’s clear that Trump and his top advisers are trying to pull off a domestic shock doctrine. The goal is all-out war on the public sphere and the public interest, whether in the form of antipollution regulations or programs for the hungry. In their place will be unfettered power and freedom for corporations. It’s a program so defiantly unjust and so manifestly corrupt that it can only be pulled off with the assistance of divide-and-conquer racial and sexual politics, as well as a nonstop spectacle of media distractions. And, of course, it is being backed up with a massive increase in war spending, a dramatic escalation of military conflicts on multiple fronts, from Syria to North Korea.

She goes on to outline many of the obfuscation tactics being employed by this administration, from off the wall tweets to daily blunders and missteps. The article also delves into some of the potential outcomes of the Shock Doctrine, should they allowed to be implemented:

The main pillars of Trump’s political and economic project are: the deconstruction of the regulatory state; a full‑bore attack on the welfare state and social services (rationalized, in part, through bellicose racial fear-mongering and attacks on women for exercising their rights); the unleashing of a domestic fossil-fuel frenzy (which requires the sweeping aside of climate science and the gagging of large parts of the government bureaucracy); and a civilizational war against immigrants and “radical Islamic terrorism” (with ever expanding domestic and foreign theaters).

Trump Shock Doctrine

But don’t just stop at “No”, she warns in the piece. The resistance must be about offering a vision of building a better future, an alternative to the cruel reality currently taking shape. “Yes” is what will sustain this fight.

It is also important to note, as Klein does, that Trump is the logical conclusion of our society’s obsession with money and power. He is not the root cause of all that is wrong with our society, but rather a toxic symptom of those ills.

More Head Fakes

Trump is using his “gutter tweets” to take the heat off of all sorts of issues, such as Trumpcare, his voter fraud commission, the Muslim ban, and the Russia connection. Check out the full scoop from Robert Reich:

He encourages us all not to fall for these theatrics, and to focus instead on policy and the people involved in making the government function.

The news entertainment business is a spectacle. Cable news in particular is largely nonintellectual, devoid of substance, and entirely profit driven, which is exactly why the current president thrives on it so much. He is using this venue perfectly as part of his misdirection scheme.

The Shock and Awe continues daily, and with each passing day the spectacle ratchets up another level. It is almost impossible to make sense of what is really going on in this type of scenario. Which is exactly why shock resistance is of the utmost importance in the “nothing matters” era of politics.

 

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