Taoist mythology, Lanna history, mythology, the nature of time and other considered ramblings

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Author of many self-published books, including several about Thailand and Chiang Rai, Joel Barlow lived in Bangkok 1964-65, attending 6th grade with the International School of Bangkok's only Thai teacher. He first visited ChiangRai in 1988, and moved there in 1998.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Shock Doctrine

Perhaps the master narrative of our time, Naomi Klein's "The Shock Doctrine" demonstrates that the global 'free market' has never been democratic. At over 500 pages, the mass of depressing detail can be overwhelming - to me reminiscent of Mort Rosenblum's "Mission to Civilize: The French Way": another depressing mass of details regarding our all-too-human failure to be very human to each other (or, rather, to anyone not of one's particular class, culture, religion, street address or wahtever). A must read for anyone truly concerned with current events, economics, politics and truth.

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