We talked to Naomi Klein about her book, The Shock Doctrine, when it was first published. And it's stuck with me since.
This week, I've watched large swaths of my state burn down without a mention from the man in the Oval Office, or a declaration of a federal disaster. I've watched the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico desperately tweet every high profile media type she could think of to raise awareness of how badly they still need assistance to shame the federal government into more action than giving each other manicures. I've watched the same insane narcissist go from crowing about how his presidency has resulted in the stock market reaching "UNHEARD OF" heights to crowing about stocks plunging in value for an industry that makes up 6 percent of GDP. He's a one man shock doctrine.
Naomi Klein and host Ana Marie Cox go into more detail about that on Cox's podcast "With Friends Like These", specifically on how this kind of disaster capitalism was in the works in Puerto Rico before the storms and the hurricanes have allowed it to go into overdrive. I recommend listening.
The shock doctrine is happening again, but with awareness, we can fight it.
ABC's "This Week" -U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley; House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Panel: Charlie Sykes; Matt Schlapp, chair of the American Conservative Union; Mary Bruce of ABC; Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation; and Van Jones.
NBC's "Meet the Press" - Haley; Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio. Panel: Dan Balz of The Washington Post; Kasie Hunt; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; and Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal
CBS' "Face the Nation" - Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Scott Kelly, retired astronaut and author of “Endurance.” Panel: Molly Ball of Time, Jonah Goldberg of National Review and David Ignatius of The Washington Post.
CNN's "State of the Union" - Tillerson; Collins, Panel: David Urban; Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; Bill Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard; and Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill.
CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" - Hillary Clinton.
CNN's "Reliable Sources" - Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission; Thomas Wheeler, former FCC chairman; Michael Copps, former FCC commissioner; Jennifer Rubin of The Washington Post; Trevor Timm, executive director, Freedom of the Press Foundation; Bob Schieffer of CBS News and author of “Overload: Finding the Truth in Today’s Deluge of News”; Janice Min, former editor at The Hollywood Reporter; Jodi Kantor of The New York Times; Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks.
"Fox News Sunday" - H.R. McMaster, President Donald Trump's national security adviser; Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La. Panel: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Julie Pace of The Associated Press, Guy Benson of Townhall.com and Rachael Bade of Politico.
So, what's catching your eye this morning?