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  • Don Chisholm
    13 Nov, 2017
      That's an interesting review. 

      Regarding this quote: <<Klein explains a closely-related point, namely that democracy must be suspended for neoliberal capitalism to prevail: In his book Capitalism and Freedom, Milton Friedman presented human liberation and market liberation as flip sides of the same coin. Nobel Prize-winning economist, Joseph Stiglitz labelled them as “market fundamentalism” (137).  In her 2007 book, Shock Doctrine, Klein argues that this extreme form of capitalism (i.e., neoliberalism) can only be implemented when democracy is suspended. >>

      I quite agree with the point - that democracy and neoliberal capitalism cannot fit in the same box.   But in my view, the money system, and those who control it, represent roots and brains of neoliberal capitalism.   So I find it ironic that the Leap Manifesto does not appear to address the money system.  (no bell for the cat!)   Nor does it the population overshoot issue.

      Nevertheless, from the description of the Leap Manifesto, the values and scope of initiatives appear to align very closely with the thoughts behind Blue Planet Governance. 
      Don



      On 2017-11-12 11:03 PM, 'Peter Venton' peter.venton@... [gaiapc] wrote:
       

      Hi Don,

       

      Thanks for this. I have attached a much lengthier review of Klein’s book. 

       

      The Canadian Leap movement is progressive, not just left.  The reviewer got the main point that addressing climate change would “detonates the ideological scaffolding on which contemporary conservatism (i.e. neoliberalist capitalist project) stands.  He did not list the Leap’s policies at the end of the book of doubling the minimum wage, free college tuition and medicare  - all part of Bernie Sanders’ progressive manifesto.  He did not note the list of taxes on pages 246-247 that make the Leap affordable.  The reviewer questions how we can achieve such radical demans while confined within the logic of markets.  The point of the Leap policies is that all of them correct for market failures that most students of economics  have understood for at least seven decades. Really.

      For a proposal for the development of a progressive manifesto, see my chapter “Manifesto for a Movement Progressive” in  the Cambridge Scholars 2017 volume “Peace Issues in the 21st Century Global Context” by Shreesh Juyal and John Duncan (eds) pp. 353-376.       

       

      Regards

      Peter

       

          

       

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      The review of Naomi Klein's new book is interesting.

      Don



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