Naomi Klein believes that, though Donald Trump occupies the most powerful office on earth, his shock doctrine-oriented “wildly pro-corporate policies” and “extreme ideas” can be resisted.
In the video above, the award-winning Canadian social activist, journalist and bestselling author, posits that the Trump administration is “creating chaos”. Trump and “some savvy people” around him can also capitalize on a “major crisis” like another terrorist attack on U.S. soil or a Hurricane Katrina-like natural disaster, and “ram through their most extreme ideas”, she argues.
In the video, produced by The Intercept, Klein presents five steps activists in North American and around the world can take to resist Trump and his agenda. According to Klein:
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about shock…
I noticed a brutal and recurring tactic by right wing governments. After a shocking event – a war, coup, terrorist attack, market crash or natural disaster – exploit the public’s disorientation. Suspend democracy. Push through radical policies that enrich the 1 percent at the expense of the poor and middle class…
The Trump 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.
We need to focus on what this Administration will do when it has a major external shock to exploit.
Maybe it will be an economic crash like 2008. Maybe a natural disaster like Sandy. Or maybe it will be a horrific terrorist event like Manchester or Paris in 2015.
Any one such crisis could redraw the political map overnight, and it could give Trump and his crew free rein to ram through their most extreme ideas.
But here’s one thing I’ve learned over two decades of reporting from dozens of crises around the world: these tactics can be resisted.
Klein is the author of bestselling books such as The Shock Doctrine, No Logo and “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate“, in which she argues that radical change is needed to prevent catastrophic global warming. She’s also the winner pf the 2016 Sydney Peace Prize.
Klein’s newest book, No Is Not Enough: Resisting Trump’s Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need, was published by Haymarket Books this week.
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