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Sunday, October 7, 2007

After Words

Naomi Klein is on C-Span's "After Words" right now. Franklin Foer of The New Republic (I think he's the editor now) and author of How Soccer Explains the World is doing the interview.

Klein is very impressive. Foer is floundering. Has he even read the book? Who wrote these questions?

Anyway, this month's Harper's has an essay by Klein adapted from The Shock Doctrine. It's a frightening essay, especially her analysis of Sandy Springs, an Atlanta suburb, which has become the first privatized city.

More later....


Here's a link for C-Span and "After Words" so you can watch it later.

I'd be curious to know what anyone thinks about this interview. Foer keeps trying to minimize her argument and dismiss it as if it's just another ideology. Klein is obviously frustrated by the fact that he is clearly not listening to her answers. She's responding to his questions, just not in the kind of pre-approved answers he seems to be trying to hear.

Update II:

Wow, the last half of that was pretty damn painful. Klein: bloody brilliant interview.


aTypical Joe said...

You are so right, Klein was brilliant; Foer pathetic. I've heard him criticized before, here he earned it. He was awful.

You will like this post about the book. Watch the video of her speech to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a social justice research institute based in Ottawa.

I watched all 6 parts and more. Her close in part 6 will become a post on my blog!

Josh said...

Klein's book is incredible and necessary and I'm happy to see there are others out there pushing it.

Glad I'm not the only one who thought she was so good on C-Span. I'll be sure to check out the CCPA video as well.

You're characterization of Foer is right on the money. I was completely exasperated by his bumbling and his condescending attitude. His repeated interjections of "yeah," "mmm-hmm," "right," really only drew more attention to that fact that he was greatly outmatched and out of touch. Does he really think that the war can't be all that bad because people like Paul Wolfowitz and William "The Bloody" Krystal had ideological intentions? Huh?

Thanks for visiting, Joe, and for the links.