Tempest in a Teapot: The Story of Neoliberal Kristen McQueary and Longing for a Katrina in Chicago

by Scott Creighton

Sometimes the neoliberal apologists for the neoliberal Free-Marketeers go too far.

Sometimes their editors have to erase the little peek they give us inside the minds of the sociopaths who make up the Milton Friedman True Believer class.

Sometimes they have to write unapologetic apologies when civil society reacts with horror at the shear selfishness and cruelty these Ayn Randians harbor deep down inside.

“Envy isn’t a rational response to the upcoming 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

But with Aug. 29 fast approaching and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu making media rounds, including at the Tribune Editorial Board, I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago — an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops.

That’s what it took to hit the reset button in New Orleans. Chaos. Tragedy. Heartbreak

An underperforming public school system saw a complete makeover. A new schools chief, Paul Vallas, designed a school system with the flexibility of an entrepreneur (privatized). No restrictive mandates from the city (deregulated) or the state. No demands from teacher unions to abide (no labor protections). Instead, he created the nation’s first free-market education system

That’s why I find myself praying for a real storm. That’s why I can relate, metaphorically, to the residents of New Orleans climbing onto their rooftops and begging for help and waving their arms and lurching toward rescue helicopters” original version of Kristen McQueary’s libertarian/neoliberal screed

not so cute sometimes I guess

That’s what happened when cute little libertarian Kristen McQueary penned her latest OpEd for the Chicago Tribune in which she pined away wishing for a Hurricane Katrina to come to Chicago and wash away all that liberal excess so the neoliberal economic hit-men could remake the city into Galt’s Gulch like they did in New Orleans.

It’s called “disaster capitalism” and in the case of New Orleans, it only cost about 1,800 lives and countless people being made homeless. That’s to say nothing of the corrupt, fascist, privatized public education system (the kind promoted by Rahm Emanuel, Jeb Bush and Ron Paul alike) they installed in the wake of the storm which has cost countless futures for countless kids of the poor and working classes of that once great city.

Just for shits and giggles, you guys do understand that the father of modern day charter school ideology was Augusto Pinochet under his Milton Friedman inspired dictatorship, right?

“The initial column was wrong on basic, yet important particulars. New Orleanians did not “overthrow a corrupt government.” They actually re-elected Mayor Nagin, who then served his complete second term. He did not and could not by charter seek a third term. Mitch Landrieu did not replace him. Public housing did not get rebuilt; projects were demolished at the moment of the city’s greatest shortage of affordable housing to make way for upscale redevelopment and thereby further intensify that shortage.” Adolph Reed Jr.

Though her column has been soundly rebuked by the few remaining humans in the “journalism” field since Thursday, resulting in her writing an unrepentant apology of sorts and the Tribune editing her screed for posterity’s sake, you know damn well in the home of the Chicago School of Economics (birthplace of Friedman’s “rational selfishness” economic ideology) she is being well received in all the right places for giving voice to the inner demons that make up the current masters of the universe.

“But McQueary’s piece is far worse. Praising a devastating storm that killed 1,800 people as a net positive is already a terrible thing. Expressly wishing for a devastating storm to come along and wipe out the third largest city in America so one can expedite a Randian end times is positively psychotic. In an attempt to be polemical, McQueary exposes the dark heart at the core of what Naomi Klein calls “disaster capitalism.” For these people, it is not a thought experiment, it’s not rhetorical, it’s real. They truly believe that largely black, union-friendly cities would be better off in the long run handing over the reins of their local governments to technocratic, largely white neoliberal systems. To them, the tragedy of Katrina wasn’t the mass displacement and death of thousands, it was that it didn’t happen soon enough.” Adam Johnson

Yeah, in public she’s taken a bit of a hit. But in private (as in “public private partnerships”) you know the kudos and $600 a shot scotchs are flowing freely for little miss McQueary in the exclusive clubs and bars where folks like you an me can’t afford to get in the door.

And not just from the republican right, mind you. Or do I need to mention Obama’s Secretary of Education when he said in 2010 that Katrina was “the best thing that happened to the education system in New Orleans” or his former Chief of Staff who is doing his level best in Chicago to bring about the Friedman revolution without waiting for an act of God?

Yes, in certain circles, Kristen McQueary’s brief glimpse into the depths of man’s potential for inhumanity to his fellow man has been met with a great measure of outrage. But that is always the case. That’s why they spin and lie and twist logic whenever they can. Because they know at the core of their deviant hearts lies an almost inhuman capacity to deactivate their own humanity.

For self enrichment purposes of course.

(That’s basically the thing we punish criminals for, right? Deliberately harming others for their own greedy aspirations? Or do we punish them for not doing it on a large enough scale and getting caught?)

And I am sure, in spite of all of this outrage from civil society, little miss McQueary will fare pretty well in whatever endeavors she pursues over the next couple of years.

This little tempest in a teapot will blow over soon, leaving Kristen’s image to be remade like that of New Orleans.Maybe she will go on the Daily Show with Jon Steward like all the neocon warmongers did in order to whitewash their reputations.

Will she be fired? Relegated to the Home and Garden section of that fine, neoliberal globalist rag?

No. Don’t be stupid.

In time, Kristen will reap the whirlwind as they say and rise as only the right-thinking can rise in this fascist, globalist neoliberal Topsy-turvy world we find ourselves in.

She simply spoke the truth of her dark heart too soon as the national reconditioning process of the Lewis Powell memo has yet to fully assimilate those few brave humans left wandering the wasteland of the Shining City on the Hill.

Give it time. As the Borg once said, you will be assimilated.




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5 Responses

  1. The Immoral Roots of Libertarianism… https://youtu.be/TrYYyWCZL3A

    • that’s a good video clip and I thank you for posting it, but the problem with Hartman is that he still preaches the sanctity of the Democratic Party as some kind of bulwark against the corporatism of the republicans. take one look at Obama’s and the Clinton presidency and you know quickly enough how wrong that is. is he blinded by identity politics? possible. is he lying? also possible.

  2. Just found this about Soros:


    The timing of what is being described as the largest non-nuclear explosion in history makes for a very interesting “coincidence”. Just one month after the demon George Soros issued a veiled threat of war against China and Russia http://www.tomatobubble.com/id857.html , and at the precise moment in time when China is being accused of “currency manipulation” (i.e. not obeying Globalist dictates on monetary policy) – the massive blast of toxic chemicals and the subsequent fire have killed at least 100 people and injured at least 800 others in the bustling-booming port city of Tianjin.

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