Oh lord. Here it comes. “Mansbridge One-on-One”? A sure bet. Front-page feature coverage at the Globe & Mail? Coming this weekend, I’ll guess. Launch-party coverage live on CP24? No doubt. The left half (believe-it-or-not) of Canada’s most nauseating socialist power couple, Naomi Klein, is back in business once again with a new 576-page anti-capitalist doorstopper, “The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”.
This time around, the No Logo authoress spends more than 500 pages trying to convince you that free-market economists (with a particular hateful obsession with Milton Friedman, who due to his recent death is no longer able to defend himself) have allowed the evil corporate world to have their way with the world’s disaster zones at their most vulnerable moments, forcing these former utopias (Baghdad, New Orleans, 1970s Chile) into becoming part of some sort of Chicago-school-inspired world conspiracy. Skeptical, are you? Don’t be…she’s got…FOOTNOTES! From today’s Toronto Star:
The 560-page argument, which also deals with the privatization of post-communist economies in Poland, Russia and China, the reliance of the Israeli private sector on security-related entrepreneurship and other subjects, is bolstered by nearly 70 pages of footnotes, citing more than 1,000 sources.
“I expect the release of the book to be a battle. And the endnotes are my body armour,” says Klein, who will further defend her thesis during a public interview Thursday at the UofT’s MacMillan Theatre.
“When you are introducing ideas that are new and in some cases quite radical, you need major backup if you want to reach beyond a small section of the population. Hopefully, the people who don’t need as much convincing will bear with me because if the book were more anecdotal and less carefully sourced it would make it that much easier for the people who want to get me.”
Defensive much, Naomi? What, references to sources are supposed to bolster your self-hating hypocritical non-arguments against the very system that enriches you and your family? Bombarding your readers with footnotes is supposed to impress all your limousine liberal friends and anarchist acolytes – all of whom will waste their money on your book and never get past the acknowledgements?
Only an aging, intellectually-bankrupt paranoid leftist would start a major speaking appearance by unleashing vitriol at…right-wing think tanks!
The question that remains: will husband Avi Lewis give her a full half-hour when his notorious CBC Newsworld show, “On the Map”, returns in November (allegedly…)