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Klein Attacks; Reason Magazine Goes AWOL
Alexander Zaitchik ( Email ) on November 18, 2007

Who's Afraid of Naomi Klein?

“So who's reviewing Naomi Klein's searing indictment of that bloodthirsty scoundrel Milton Friedman? I read a few pages in the store, and it appears he was little more than a bookwormy Jim Jones.”

This comment was posted on Reason magazine’s blog by a reader identified as “SxCx” on September 13, around the time Naomi Klein’s new book, The Shock Doctrine, hit the shelves. I found the post earlier today, about five minutes after I finished the book. As soon as I closed it, I jumped on the computer and loaded I couldn’t wait to see how the world’s best written and most combative libertarian publication responded to Klein’s devastating critique of the idea that libertarian economics are synonymous with, or even compatible with, free societies. The book is 500+ pages, and there is a lot to respond to. Boiled down, The Shock Doctrine argues that the imposition of unpopular neoliberal economic reforms have always required “shocks”—coups, wars, terror campaigns, natural disasters—before they can be forced onto dazed and distracted publics. Rarely if ever, argues Klein, have radical free market policies—most closely associated with the career of Milton Friedman and his University of Chicago spawn—taken root in a democratic system in which the public was involved in, or even fully aware of, what was happening. Thus the grand neoliberal experiments have always taken place in places like Pinochet’s Chile. Klein gives us lots of well-sourced case studies.

Whether you agree with her or not, Klein’s book is a serious one, a monster shot across the bow of staunch Friedmanites like the ones at Reason, who maintain that free markets and free societies are peanut butter and jelly. In an extra dig at anti-war Friedmanites like the ones at Reason, Klein argues that today’s neocons—bogeymen on par with Communists at the magazine—are really just Friedmanites with bombs; and pure Friedmanites are really just neocons who prefer others to drop the bombs for them while they discuss economics. It's a body slam alright, and I was really looking forward to Reason’s blistering but reasoned 5,000-word response to Klein’s book. I was even going to make some popcorn for the read.

But two months after SxCx posted the question—“So who's reviewing Naomi Klein's searing indictment of that bloodthirsty scoundrel Milton Friedman?"—the answer appears to be: No one.

The only mentions of Klein’s book on the Reason site are a couple of easy dismissals by blogger Michael C. Moynihan. The first of these, posted September 19, calls Klein’s intensively researched and tightly argued book a “screed,” and says that anyone who still believes the old Friedman-Pinochet “chestnut” should read a year-old article by Reason’s Brian Doherty, in which he explains away Friedman’s “hardly-knew-the-guy” relationship with Pinochet and his brutal dictatorship.

Klein to Reason: Boo-ya.

But Klein has the goods on this old “chestnut.” As she shows, Friedman and his Chicago Boys were not all that bothered by Pinochet’s bloody rule. Quite the opposite, they recognized that their free market wet dream could never be realized in a functioning democracy and welcomed the opportunities opened up by the Chicago Boys-tutored dictatorships in Latin America’s southern cone in the 1970s. In some cases, Friedmanites worked with the coup plotters before they even came to power.

On September 21, Reason posted the closest thing to a review of Klein’s book: a blog entry praising a sloppy 930-word tabloid-style hatchet job by Canadian journalist Robert Fulford, who “slogged through” the 500+ page book so his readers wouldn’t have to.

Was it expecting too much that someone at Reason would also “slog through” a bestselling book that does a pretty convincing job of devastating one of the pillars of their libertarian worldview? As a big government liberal with no use for libertarian economics, I find Reason right about a lot of things and occasionally even funny. But SxCx and I are still waiting for an answer to the question: “So who's reviewing Naomi Klein's searing indictment of that bloodthirsty scoundrel Milton Friedman?”

                         —Alexander Zaitchik

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The future of The eXile is in your hands! We're holding a fundraiser to save the paper, and your soul. Tune in to Gary Brecher's urgent request for reinforcements and donate as much as you can. If you don't, we'll be overrun and wiped off the face of the earth, forever.

Scanning Moscows Traffic Cops
Automotive Section
We’re happy to introduce a new column in which we publish Moscow’s raw radio communications, courtesy of a Russian amateur radio enthusiast. This issue, eXile readers are given a peek into the secret conversations of Moscow’s traffic police, the notorious "GAIshniki."

Eleven Years of Threats: The eXile's Incredible Journey
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Your Letters
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Your Letters
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