Thursday, February 24, 2011

Not just a democratic revolution...

Guess what? The revolts in the Middle East and North Africa are not just against the broadly brushed "dictatorship," but also against the global economic hierarchy. That's the argument advanced by John Pilger in his Truthout article Behind the Arab Revolt Is a Word We Dare Not Speak.
The revolt in the Arab world is not merely against a resident dictator, but against a worldwide economic tyranny designed by the US Treasury and imposed by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, which have ensured that rich countries like Egypt are reduced to vast sweatshops, with half the population earning less than $2 a day. The people's triumph in Cairo was the first blow against what Benito Mussolini called corporatism, a word that appears in his definition of fascism.

...which makes all of this even more interesting than it has already been--and even more intimately connected to the conditions and stakes in the Wisconsin battles.

1 comment:

Frank Partisan said...

I disagree with Truthout's casual definition of fascism. The World Bank and IMF have supported repressive measures, but fascism is not one.

Wisconsin gets inspiration from Egypt. Egyptian unionists have given solidarity.