Thursday, September 25, 2008

bring on the badass chicks

There are heroes raising their voices in this din of madness. People doing radical digging, coming to conclusions that we can't afford not to consider.

Naomi Klein is one of them. I heard her yesterday on "Democracy Now." She's the cure for apathy, the clarion call for action. One bad beeotch doing the work to get behind the subterfuge.

At the very least, read her brief article, "Now Is the Time to Resist Wall Street's Shock Doctrine," here. If you're wondering what's really going on, you'll be glad you did. Additionally, listen to/watch her call-in interview on "Democracy Now" (her segment starts at 23:40; you can also read the transcript on the site). It's enlightening, and damn she's smart. I've added her book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, to my reading list. (When Bush came on TV to rouse us into fearful support of the bailout plan last night, I saw exactly what Klein illustrates in action.)

Stay with the "Democracy Now" piece to hear what longtime children's rights advocate and president of the Children's Defense Fund Marion Wright Edelman has to say about poverty in America (we now have the widest gap between the rich and the poor that we've ever had, and the widest of any of the industrialized nations), and what we must do to set this right. I have long admired Ms. Wright Edelman. She inspires me to wake the hell up and be a better human being.

Driving along, listening to these two women yesterday, I wanted to cry. The Sarah Palin thing is absolutely infuriating. There are so many brilliant, dazzling women writing, speaking, leading, legistlating, and this is the one up for vice president? I ain't no Republican, duh, but if I was I would be outraged that every serious woman in my party was passed over. There have to be some. In fact, I'll try to find ya some and I'll bring 'em to ya!

4 comments:

Christie said...

I just saw Ms. Klein on one of the talk shows...she was very intelligent. Thanks for the links!

normanack said...

Young, sassy, photogenic (possibly even beautiful), sexy (or so I hear), a chick who hunts with big-ass guns (from helicopters no less), what other qualifications could one possibly want for a vice-president?

That horrible sound you hear is my teeth grinding.

Stacy said...

One of my students declared herself a WASP (she in not under the traditional definition)... Woman Against Sarah Palin. That's a bandwagon I can get on.

AllyB said...

Thanks for all the educational links. I'm off to the library for the book now...