Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
, September 25, 2007
A fascinating dispute on modern economics -- and the dominant role it plays in our politics - is currently taking place in America's bookstores.
On one side is Alan Greenspan, whose The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World
offers his usual free market uber alles philosophy, while attempting to rehabilitate his tattered image (which is worth about as much as the U.S. dollar these days).
On the other side is Naomi Klein, whose The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
offers an alternative economic history of the last 30 years and, using the war in Iraq as a mind-blowing example, pulls the curtain back on free market myths and exposes the forces that are really driving our economy.
Klein's book is powerful and prophetic. Greenspan's is pitiful and pathetic.