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Disaster Capitalism

Business As Government: Capitalizing on Disaster In Post-Earthquake Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

The pursuits of foreign firms -- making governance decisions about rebuilding, paving the way for other firms, racking up humanitarian clout -- have been at the expense of Haitians still struggling for basic needs and democratic power.

Obama Pushes Huge Free Trade Deals to Wednesday Vote

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 12.10.2011 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

These trade agreements achieve a rare trifecta: it's hard to imagine a single initiative that at one time could so infuriate anti-corporate activists, labor unions, and environmentalists at the very moment these disparate movements are finding solidarity and support in the streets.

Why America Slept

Reverend Billy | Posted 05.29.2011 | Impact
Reverend Billy

America was sleeping deeply, in a dream whose creators were hiding inside skyscrapers with smoked glass.

The Great Wealth Shift Upward: Corporatists' War on the Working Class

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

"Balancing the budget" and "deficit reduction" have become code for shifting the benefits of government spending to corporations away from workers.

Why Our Economy "Requires" Oil Spills

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

Capitalism is sure to hand us another crisis before long. In the meantime,we simply have to do our best to pack the cracks with the ideas of a steady-state economy.

"Bipartisanship" Too Often Means Democratic Capitulation to Republican Disaster Capitalists

Michele Swenson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Michele Swenson

Obama does not understand the game of corporate billionaires versus the working class that Republicans have played for decades -- that or he willingly capitulates to it.

Disaster Capitalism's Catastrophic Success in Ireland, and America

Terrance Heath | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Terrance Heath

The causes and impacts of Ireland's economic crisis and America's are pretty much the same.

Clearing the Rubble, Including the Old Plan for Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Yesterday was the Oscars. Last year's Best Actor Sean Penn made the morning's headlines, donating a million dollars to Haiti's relief / reconstruction...

Disaster Capitalism, Italian Style

Iginio Gagliardone | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Iginio Gagliardone

As newspapers continue to report on the inquiry, the scandal of L'Aquila exposes a corrupt system composed of individuals who have learned how to profit from emergencies.

Capitalism's Future And The 50 People Who Will Frame The Debate

Financial Times | Steven Bernard, Jeremy Lemer and FT Reporters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

The credit crisis has placed the global financial system under almost unprecedented strain. Tackling the many problems and charting a course throug...

Recession Porn: A Hard Spot for Soft Times

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Richard M. Benjamin

You'll notice your friends, co-workers, or spouses obsessively doing it. They're checking out Recession Porn in all its sundry glory.

Reading The Pictures: Let's Unroll

Michael Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Shaw

2008-11-10-shaw_armoredcobb.jpgTake a look at the Cobb County, Georgia police department's latest toy. Donated by the military, the Armored Personnel Carrier -- used by the U.S. Army in Panama -- holds up to nine SWAT commandos.

McCain's Bailout Bomb Is Yet To Be Dropped

Jon Raymond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jon Raymond

The economic disaster is far from over. They have actually just relocated it from Wall Street to Main Street.

Naomi Klein: "Disaster Capitalism" Still On The Rise

Portfolio.com | Lloyd Grove | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Marauding multinationals and their enablers in the U.S. government have a worthy adversary in Naomi Klein, a Canadian social critic whose books punctu...