Friday, October 9, 2009

Video of Naomi Klein on the Colbert Report

In this video, Stephan Colbert pretends to defend making money off disasters. Despite his jokes, Klein gets her argument across. Notice the connection she makes to Hurricane Katrina. How do you think this argument relates to our overall course theme of America's place in the world?


  1. Weeks ago we saw video about disaster and how people were helpless. It was so painful to see that situation. American Government helped others countries when they had natural disaster or such as tsunami, hurricane Katrina etc. When uncertain disaster occurs in New Orleans, people expected that that would get help from Government. Instead of helping people, Government took advantage of them. In this video, Klein tries to explain that how The U.S government Make money to off certain disaster in this country.

  2. In all the humour and fun we got a very serious message through this video.U.S government has been using and is using the problematic situations in their own favour they even dont spare natural disasters or the current recession period which we are facing right now.i m not sure but i think todays recession is the result of recent wars in afganistan and iraq.Government had invade iraq for their own selfish reason but the common people are facing serious after effects of it.for eg thousands of people lost their jobs because of recession.
    I can relate this to one of the chapter from Prof.Miller class which is "Military Occupation and the Culture of U.S Imperialism" by Mary A. Renda.After reading the chapter i understand that how America use the term PATERNALISM to justify U.S. occupying in Haiti.They show that they are very concerned for rest of the world and it is their responsibilty to guide,civilise or discipline other people like parents use to discipline their own childern.But U.S intention is not same as parents.They are purely doing this for thier own selfish interest.In the name of refining the world they are filling their own super-sized pockets.

  3. Well in seeing this i believe America profits from the United states or any other country going through a crisis!It sad really though. It might be our good intention to help other countries and aiding them but we should look at ourselves and our own country first. We shouldn't leave our country to these political leaders who in the end just want oil from other countries and want complete world dominance.