Free Trade Is War


"In [Argentina] where 50 percent of the population is living in poverty, the IMF is demanding that multinational water and electricity companies be allowed to increase their rates by a staggering 30 percent...

"...the brutal economic model advanced by the World Trade Organization is itself a form of war... because privatization and deregulation kill--by pushing up prices on necessities like water and medicines and pushing down prices on raw commodities like coffee, making small farms unsustainable. War because those who resist and "refuse to disappear," as the Zapatistas say, are routinely arrested, beaten, and even killed. War because when this kind of low-intensity repression fails to clear the path to corporate liberation, the real wars begin...

"..Bechtel and Halliburton.. deregulation and privatization pushers... Irawq is being sold off, not rebuilt... why [the Iraq war] was waged: to implement the very same policies being protested in Cancun--mass privatization, unrestricted access for multinationals and drastic public-sector cut-backs... in Iraq, it was actually armed robbery of the shellshocked.." (Klein, Naomi. "Free Trade Is War." The Nation, September 29, 2003, 10).


Colby Glass, MLIS