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LISTEN: Antony Loewenstein On Rapaciousness Of ‘Disaster Capitalism’

On Dec. 10, Kevin Gosztola and Antony Loewenstein talked about his book, “Disaster Capitalism: Making a Killing Out of Catastrophe,” in a live chat with Shadowproof readers. Loewenstein’s book looks at the devastation caused by privatization, and how corporations make money off of suffering and death:

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.

For about an hour, Kevin and Antony discussed how multinational corporations and governments cooperate to the benefit of Wall Street, but to the detriment of everyday people.

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Left: U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland on February 27, 2015. (Wikimedia Commons / Gage Skidmore). Right: Congressional Portrait of former US Rep. David Rivera. (Wikimedia Commons / U.S. Congress)
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Kit OConnell

Kit OConnell

Kit O’Connell is a gonzo journalist and radical troublemaker from Austin, Texas. He is the Associate Editor and Community Manager of Shadowproof. Kit's investigative journalism has appeared in Truthout, MintPress News and Occupy.com.