Podcast: Dave Zirin on the World Cup, FIFA & the ‘Sporting Shock Doctrine’ in Brazil

By: Sunday July 6, 2014 8:59 am

For weeks, Brazil has been the host of one of the most prominent mega-events in sports. The World Cup has been dazzling and inspiring at times, as the unexpected has happened. Yet, off the pitch, there have been armed Brazilian police firing tear gas at protesters as they fight to prevent dissent from becoming visible while the world’s eyes are on Brazil.


Come Saturday Morning: Will Venezuela Be The Next Honduras?

By: Saturday February 22, 2014 7:00 am

No wonder that the Mercosur nations — the Latin-American group similar to the European Union — strongly oppose the efforts of the anti-Chavistas to destablize and overthrow Nicolas Maduro.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Philip Mirowski, Never Let A Serious Crisis Go To Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived The Financial Meltdown

By: Sunday November 17, 2013 1:59 pm

It is now well understood that Neoliberals are not advocates of a small or stunted night watchman state. They regularly demean the state to outsiders, but that does not imply they prefer a weak state. Rather, all their political efforts are devoted to recasting the strong state as one that conforms to their doctrinal imperatives.

Rating Agencies, Catfood Commission II and the Next Stage of Shock Doctrine

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 4:04 pm

Just because our most popular social safety net programs escaped this current round of shock doctrine doesn’t mean the basic formula won’t be recycled in the near future to justify cutting these programs.

Standard and Poor’s Should Not Be Able to Play Kingmaker in the 2012 Election

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 9:28 am

No private entity should have the power to bring down a president with an arbitrary and unjustifiable wave of the hand. No company should be able to line up a nation’s assets and orchestrate a fire sale on behalf of Wall Street, and then give them a private showing about what’s in store. They should not have the right demand cuts that destroy critical social safety net programs that the public overwhelmingly supports like Social Security and Medicare, and they most certainly should not be able to crown a new king as they implement Wall Street’s shock doctrine vision for the future.

Wall Street’s Enforcers: Standard and Poor’s Imposes Shock Doctrine 2.0

By: Tuesday July 26, 2011 9:41 am

It was bad enough that Standard and Poors screwed the world economy by recklessly giving AAA ratings to worthless mortgage backed securities without ever reviewing the underlying pool of loans. But now they’ve decided to play the role of “enforcer” in Wall Street’s latest gambit: forcing the sale of US assets in an austerity fire sale.

Greek Parliament Passes Austerity Package

By: Wednesday June 29, 2011 7:51 am

In addition to the austerity measures, Greece is “selling the family silver,” putting airports, ports, railways, motorways, sewage works, national energy companies, banks, and the national lottery up for sale in a privatization push they hope will net 50 billion euros. However, private equity firms turned up their noses at the first offer of sale. Perhaps they’re looking for discounts, or they want to change the rules of hiring and firing even further in an effort to break the unions.

Report: US Intervened with IMF in 2008 for Shock Doctrine Implementation in Pakistan

By: Tuesday April 26, 2011 7:10 am

Once US investors own Pakistan’s transportation, oil, electricity and steel industries, you can bet that virtually no cash flow from these industries will come back into Pakistan. Where will Pakistan’s social safety net be then?

Wisconsin’s Walker Just Following Obama-McConnell Shock Doctrine Playbook

By: Friday February 18, 2011 4:00 pm

There is justifiably a lot of angry attention drawn to the fact that Wisconsin didn’t really have a budget problem until Republican Governor Scott Walker artificially created one by rushing through a series of business tax cuts. Now, in a classic shock doctrine fashion, he is using this manufactured “crisis” to justify his push to cripple labor unions and cut the salaries of teachers.

While I find his behavior deplorable, it is important for grassroots progressive to keep in mind that what Gov. Walker is doing in Wisconsin is, in many ways, a small-scale version of what President Obama (with the help of Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell) has been overseeing at the federal level.

Late Night: The Shock Doctrine in Wisconsin

By: Friday February 11, 2011 8:00 pm

Three months ago in this space, I wrote about Wisconsin governor-elect Scott Walker, who was showboating by making bogus demands and proclamations even though he was still two months from being inaugurated.

It’s probably no surprise that actually taking office hasn’t diminished Walker’s ambitions.

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