Category Archives: Disaster Capitalism

They Are The Disaster They Would Prevent

In the 20th Century, our American nation realized that broad and destructive calamities required federal power to manage the business of disaster relief. Beginning even before the Great Depression, this collective response to natural and economic disasters characterized our liberal … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Back in Black Lung

I keep saying that Appalachian coal country is America’s own slice of Third World disaster capitalist hell. According to a new report published Sunday, Big Coal has been allowed to defy federal laws that were supposed to end the scourge … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: Robbing Peter To Cut Paul

It’s not enough to play politics with FEMA and disaster aid. House Republicans have to make it worse by cutting a clean-cars program and playing chicken with the Senate: On Wednesday, the House is set to pass the short-term spending measure, … Continue reading

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How to Destroy Civilization

Ron Paul’s idiotic statements on FEMA over the weekend should put paid to questions about why the media ignores him: he’s a crank. According to his libertarian ethos, the federal government should respond to multi-state emergencies by doing nothing while … Continue reading

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States of Dissolution

That spate of new Republican legislatures enacting austerity? They’re doing more harm than good: Cutting state services not only harms vulnerable residents but also slows the economy’s recovery from recession by reducing overall economic activity. When states cut spending, they … Continue reading

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On Last Stands and Lost Causes

Slowly but surely, the urgency of the moment is becoming clear. The “new” Republican Party is prepared to sink to any low necessary to enact as much of its agenda as possible. With nearly one thousand abortion bills in the … Continue reading

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Morning Awful: National Nutrition

So the United Kingdom’s conservative government is giving fast food companies McDonald’s and KFC and processed food and drink manufacturers such as PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, Unilever, Mars and Diageo at the heart of writing government policy on obesity, alcohol and diet-related … Continue reading

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Monopoly Is Bad For You

Barry Lynn talks about the damage monopolies have done to the American economy. Here’s another piece of middle ground Obama can stake out: Via ShoqValue.

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IMF, Thy Name Is Hypocrisy

Guess what? The IMF is telling Britain it’s too soon to cut the welfare state in a recession. Yes, this is the same IMF that regularly produces ruinous disaster capitalism in the developing world. There’s a reason why torture and … Continue reading

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