"A Scarily Efficient Way of Organizing Society": Naomi Klein on China

09/10/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

"Security, central planning, surveillance state is an ideal cocoon for global capitalism." The Real News Network's Senior Editor, Paul Jay spoke with author and investigative journalist, Naomi Klein about the Olympic show hiding a scary backdrop.

Naomi Klein: "I think this is an incredibly efficient, actually, a scarily efficient way of organizing society that's actually being celebrated here, which is a hybrid of some of the worst elements of authoritarian communism--mass surveillance of the population, total lack of civil liberties, lack of a free press, lack of democratic rights, authoritarian central planning, all harnessed not to advance the goals of social justice, even in name, although there may be some lip service still paid to that, but to advance the goals of global capitalism. So it is Stalinism meets global capitalism.... There are 100,000 security officers just on Olympic duty. And to put that into perspective, the stadium itself, the Bird's Nest Stadium holds 90,000. So there's 90,000 spectators and 100,000 secret police keeping control of things in Beijing. So this is an incredible operation. But when you hear people like Lou Dobbs and other commentators talking about the problems in China, it's always red China, communist China, or the Chi-coms. And it's really this blast from the past of--you know, it's almost as if the Cold War never ended."

The full interview will be released in parts over the next 3 days. Visit to find out more.