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Date Posted: 17:37:13 10/03/06 Tue
In reply to: Mark Tirpak 's message, "Articles to read, press releases, etc." on 05:47:52 09/16/06 Sat
Here's an excerpt of a recent Naomi Klein article (she has a book about disaster capitalism due out in the Spring) - among other things, it equates the situation in Iraq with the response to Katrina. A very poignant read
Pay To Be Saved: The Future of Disaster Response
by Naomi Klein > August 29 2006
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 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 privatization of disaster began, and where it will inevitably lead.
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