When she talks about economics she speaks of its intellectual rigors like George Wallace used to speak of "pointy-headed intellectuals": with a sneer. Friedman was not just evil, she seems to think, but something even worse: a smarty-pants. (If you know anything of Friedman's minor role in Pinochet's Chile, her fictional recreation of it would make James Frey jealous.)
She apparently has no idea that leading libertarian intellectuals have favorable things to say about the work of some leftist intellectuals, like Gabriel Kolko, whose analysis exposed corporate evils, or that libertarian web sites publish leftist writers and liberally and favorably quote leftists.) In fact, more than once have writers at the most popular libertarian site, lewrockwell.com, referred favorably to Naomi*. She also seems unable to distinguish between neocons and libertarians, even though the two groups detest each other. Does she know that neocon roots are in the Left?
If you are going to waste an hour watching a confused Marxist, it might as well be one as cute as Naomi. (The Economist said she has the "incoherence and self-righteous disgust of the alienated adolescent.") She is so critical of wealth (Daddy is a doctor!) and intellectuals, I can't help but wonder how much money she earns from her intellectual celebrity. Naturally she's a grievance feminist (Mommy did an anti-porn movie!), but she sure doesn't eschew the conventional conception of beauty. Her many winning pictures on the Internet show that she is not unfamiliar with make-up and fashionable clothes. A Gucci Marxist? Both sides of her family have reportedly been left-wing activists, so like most unreflective people she simply adopted the family religion. Or is it a family business? (Entrepreneurial proposal: Naomi Klein and Naomi Wolf lend their names to a magazine called (what else?) Naomi!, which, Oprah-style, features their faces on the cover of each issue#. A blend of fashion tips and anti-male, anti-freedom screeds.)
My reading interests are diverse, so I enjoy a good book by a thoughtful leftist, even though I'm a libertarian. (Boo, Naomi!) After watching Ms. Klein being interviewed it is certain that she won't make my reading list. I wouldn't trust her knowledge of leftism, much less libertarianism. She's an appealing lightweight, but if you want to read a telling critique of capitalism by a leftist, Amazon stocks Kolko's "The Triumph of Conservatism." Klein's book will appeal to people who might wade through one political book a year, and only one that confirms their existing beliefs.
#. Is this not darling? http://www.chartattack.com/pics/2000/naom
My favorite Klein quote: "I'm not against fighting for civilization and all that. It's just that I'm still not sure where 'civilization' is... I'm still looking." http://www.quillandquire.com/blog/index.p