The story of the privatization-obsessed Coalition Provisional Authority was the centerpiece of Naomi Klein’s best-selling book “The Shock Doctrine,” which argued that it was part of a broader pattern. From Chile in the 1970s onward, she suggested, right-wing ideologues have exploited crises to push through an agenda that has nothing to do with resolving those crises, and everything to do with imposing their vision of a harsher, more unequal, less democratic society.
Which brings us to Wisconsin 2011, where the shock doctrine is on full display.
In recent weeks, Madison has been the scene of large demonstrations against the governor’s budget bill, which would deny collective-bargaining rights to public-sector workers. Gov. Scott Walker claims that he needs to pass his bill to deal with the state’s fiscal problems. But his attack on unions has nothing to do with the budget. In fact, those unions have already indicated their willingness to make substantial financial concessions — an offer the governor has rejected.
So Meredith, last week sometime, came up with the term man-labor-splaining for the “progressive” whitemale media that usually doesn’t give a rat’s ass about union workers, who have suddenly become experts on what’s going on in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, etc. etc.
As ladies who endure mansplaining plenty ANYWAY because we dare have political opinions, and as ladies who’ve made giving a fuck about organized labor part of our work, this is really pretty annoying.
But I can’t imagine how annoying it is to be Naomi Klein and to have all these dudes finally going “Hey! That lady pointed this out years ago! And I pooh-poohed it at the time, because My Penis Of Political Glory told me that I was right and she was wrong! And now…she’s right!”
Cause I mean, I’m just a girl who’s written things on The Internet and in a couple of pretty respectable print publications. Naomi Klein? Couple of international bestsellers, no biggie.
“Mr. Walker would require state employees to contribute 5.8 percent of their pay to their pensions, where most now pay far less, and require state employees to pay at least 12.6 percent of health care premiums (most pay about 6 percent now). The average salary for a Wisconsin state worker is $48,348, according to a recent report by the liberal-leaning Economic Policy Institute in Washington…
“To the average citizen — to middle class, working class families — they’re paying a whole lot more right now,” Mr. Walker said.”—