—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The democratic republic of the Congo (DR Congo) after reaching the completion point
Western elites use the same strategy to plunder the resources of 3rd world countries all over the world. Basically it is this: Sponsor and corrupt local leaders, bribe them into accepting huge loans from the World Bank, IMF, or Western banks, use the money to serve Western corporations, to pay for more corruption of local war lords, arm local war lords to fight each other to create chaos, use Western aid agencies and sometimes Hollywood celebrities to provide good public relations to cover the above crimes.
The problem with liberal organizations such as CADTM is that they want to treat symptoms such as cancer with aspirin to relieve the pain instead of curing the underlying disease of economic imperialism. Or to change the metaphor, their mission is to train wolves to become vegetarians so that they stop preying on sheep. Capitalism is a system for wolves, for human predators.