West Ham book club are now reading The Shock Doctrine – The Rise of Diasater Capitalism by Naomi Klein.
It was felt we needed a book that bought some wider political understanding of the crisis we are going through with the Covid19 pandemic and the lockdown.
Naomi Klein’s book from 2007 examines what happens when we live through a crisis. We become disorientated, and in a state of shock and this can, and often has, resulted in changes that once seemed imposiible becoming normal.
This is what we are living through now. Ideas that were once on the periphary become mainstream. The changes that happen over the next few weeks could last for a generation. They could be ideas that strengthen the power of elites and protect the rich or they could be ideas of justice and equality like those that were in the last Labour manifesto like the Green New Deal or ideas like Universal basic Income, that seemed improbable but now seem like common sense
Suddenly all the cards are up in the air and we have to make sure they land in favour of the many, the 99%, for working people and for equality and justice.
A lot of discussion is already happening on the left around Naomis book and she recently produced this video
We will be arranging a Zoom meeting in the coming weeks where we can discuss the book and the issues around it as it relates to the current Covid19 crisis.
We have a West Ham book club WhatsApp group where we will decide on a date and also share news items and video related to the book.
The book served as the main source of a 2009 documentary feature film with the same title directed by Michael Winterbottom