Olbermann & Maddow: Disaster Capitalism 101, “Incompetence or Intent?”

Last night Keith and Rachel tag-teamed out a “compelling” case that disaster capitalism is alive and well in America. KO set things up beginning with the damning report on the behemoth failure of the Department of Homeland Security, DHS: Five Years of Mismanagement, released yesterday by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). He hands off to Maddow, who compares what should have happened: basic governance resulting in Americans being safer, with what did happen:shoddy oversight resulting in massive corporate profits. Olbermann comes back with the inevitable Shock Doctrine question: Is this incompetence or design? Maddow points out that, counter to their mantra of “government is the problem,” the Right has “hugely enlarged” the government, and poses the money question: “Who did they do it for?” KO’s conclusion: “It’s all a nice convenient excuse to do what they wanted to do anyway.”

Class dismissed.


2 Responses

  1. oh yeah…

    The Naomi Klein groupie looks good on ya!

    It’s such a great framework for analyzing everything they do.

  2. I don’t know enough to be a Naomi Klein groupie yet.

    I do know all I need to, however, to be a Rachel Maddow groupie…

    What interested me was how KO/RM laid the story out- drawing a picture, spoon feeding it, you know?

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