Monday, February 21, 2011

Chris Hayes, Naomi Klein: Why Wisconsin Matters

Chris Hayes of The Nation and journalist and author Naomi Klein discuss the Wisconsin protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to end collective bargaining. Hayes speaks about the attempt to decimate public labor unions, following that of private-sector unions; the goal of destroying teachers unions as part of the weakening of public education, and way in which the demonstrations in Wisconsin are part of an American tradition of grass-roots mobilization and dissent. Klein views Walker's agenda as another example of her thesis in “The Shock Doctrine” (reviewed here) in which unpopular right-wing policies are rammed through during crises–a process that includes the constricting of democracy, currently through outlawing collective bargaining. Klein compares the resistance in Wisconsin to protests against the conservative policies of British Prime Minister David Cameron. Watch:

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