Left Eye on Books

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Naomi Klein and her Critics

Naomi Klein has a piece on Common Dreams responding to her critics here. For someone who complains about how she has mostly been ignored by her targets, her decision to ignore critics to her left grates. To read her, one might get the impression that the Shock Doctrine is the first serious critical examination of neoliberalism, or, worse, that the only people who disagree with her glorification of Keynesianism and her economistic reading of the last forty years of history are on the right. Nothing could be further from the truth. Her book has its virtues, but its failure to consider some of the tensions within the right wing counterassault (differences between neoliberalism and neoconservatism, for example), her inability to place US power in a global context, her marginalization of anti-capitalism in favor of Keynesianism, make it a weak guide for the left. Lengthier thoughts here.

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