Naomi Klein was the highest ranked female on a recent Internet poll for top public intellectuals. Not a single woman was in the top 10. She was 11th.
I found it interesting that Klein had some of the following analyses for the Kerry failure in 2004. Obama has been accepting some really bad advice. I guess he prefers Democratic Party hacks to rational thinkers. These statements were made in an interview on Alternet two months after the election.
The Democrats didn't fully understand that the success of Karl Rove's party is really a success in branding. Identity branding is something that the corporate world has understood for some time now. They're not selling a product; they're selling a desired identity, an aspirational identity of the people who consume their product. Nike understands that, Apple understands that, and so do all the successful brands. Karl Rove understands that too.
When you have genuine conviction standing next to extremely expert and successful marketing, it exposes the latter as marketing. Whereas when you have bad marketing next to expert marketing, it actually makes the other person look good.
Another part of the failure has to do with the way you answer the language of faith. You don't answer the language of faith with the language of more effective bureaucracy, which is the image that John Kerry's campaign presented: more effective administrators, more effective bureaucrats of war. You have to answer the language of faith with the language of morality.
All of this led me to explore Klein’s most recent book, The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism. I think I’m going to have to read it. Check out the short video, in which Klein defines “the shock doctrine”.