Monday, March 17, 2014

A more accurate term for a system

that erases the boundaries
between Big Government and Big Business
is not liberal,
conservative or capitalist
but corporatist.

Its main characteristics
are huge transfers
of public wealth to private hands,
often accompanied by exploding debt,
an ever-widening chasm between
the dazzling rich
and the disposable poor
and an aggressive nationalism
that justifies
bottomless spending on security.

For those inside the bubble
of extreme wealth
created by such an arrangement,
there can be no more profitable way
to organize a society.
But because of the obvious drawbacks
for the vast majority of the population
left outside the bubble,
other features of the corporatist state
tend to include aggressive surveillance
(once again, with government
and large corporations
trading favors and contracts),
mass incarceration,
shrinking civil liberties and often,
though not always,
 - Naomi Klein
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism

(art by Beau Stanton)

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