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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Disaster Capitalism--Picking the Pockets of the Dead

by Jay Allbritton
Naomi Klein has an exceptional piece in The Guardian today. It's called "Disaster Capitalism: How to Make Money out of Misery".

Here's an excerpt:
The Red Cross has just announced a new disaster-response partnership with Wal-Mart. When the next hurricane hits, it will be a co-production of Big Aid and Big Box. This, apparently, is the lesson learned from the US government's calamitous response to Hurricane Katrina: businesses do disaster better.

"It's all going to be private enterprise before it's over," Billy Wagner, emergency management chief for the Florida Keys, currently under hurricane watch for tropical storm Ernesto, said in April. "They've got the expertise. They've got the resources." But before this new consensus goes any further, perhaps it's time to take a look at where the privatisation of disaster began, and where it will inevitably lead.

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Matt at Firedoglake wrote about the extent of the government giveaways a couple weeks ago.

Naomi Klein and countless other critics have hit on the obvious disconnect in conservative ideology. Just as communism at it's core suffers from the lack of a profit motive to keep workers productive, pure corperatism lacks any motivation for companies to treat citizens--employees or customers--like human beings.

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