PREVIEW: Talk ‘Disaster Capitalism’ Live With Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein speaks at a rally in New South Wales, Australia on May 18, 2014. (Flickr / Claudio Accheri)

This Thursday, watch a live discussion between Antony Loewenstein, author of “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe,” and Shadowproof’s Kevin Gosztola. Loewenstein’s recent appearance on RT’s “Going Underground” makes a great preview of what you can expect from their conversation:

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on disaster capitalism. Antony Loewenstein, journalist and author of “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe” talks about the companies making a killing out of killing, from privatized detention centers to the arms companies benefiting from conflict. Plus how can you fight back against privatization.

Here’s a bit more about the book:

Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity.

“Corporations are like vultures feeding on the body of a weakened government that must rely increasingly on the private sector to provide public services.” Learn about “Disaster Capitalism” from Antony Loewenstein live on Thursday in the next Shadowproof Event.


Attend Shadowproof’s Live Chat With Antony Loewenstein

When: Thursday, December 10 at 5pm EST
Where: Online. Ticket holders get a link to the chat by email.
How Much? Tickets are $5, but Shadowproof Members get in free. Get tickets here.
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