Friedman believed that crises allow policymakers to institute sweeping changes that would have been politically untenable otherwise. In Klein's view, however, most of the alleged reforms pushed through following 9/11, Hurricane Katrina and other startling events have worsened, rather than improved, situations and the evidence she provides is often compelling. Unfortunately, she tends to overreach at times, linking Friedman's guiding principles to just about everything that's ever angered progressives, from the Iraq War to the use of torture. Klein portrays Uncle Miltie as a veritable Albert Speer when there's plenty of blame to go around.
Klein speaks at 7 p.m. tonight at the First United Methodist Church, 1421 Spruce Street in Boulder, and at 6 p.m. tomorrow at the Oriental Theater, 4335 West 44th Avenue. Tickets are $10 for KGNU listener members, $15 for the general public. Learn more at 303-449-4885 or www.kgnu.org.
Sat., Dec. 8, 7 p.m., 2007