Info Gluttony

Disaster Capitalism Comes to Your Neighborhood

Posted in Disaster Capitalism, thinking about cities, urban planning by echan on April 21, 2009

Wow, in stealing a page out of the “let’s hire Blackwater, so we can have less troops in Iraq” playbook, municipalities, including our very own, near and dear, Oakland, are starting to outsource the Po Po and hire third party contractors to serve as security guards on the street.  The rationale is that cops are too expensive, and given the economy, the city’s got no money.

Ms. Naomi Klein was right –> financial shock = less resources for public services = diversion of public funds to private contractors.  Blech, right in our backyard.

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  1. ToastyKen said, on April 22, 2009 at 8:57 am

    There was a film made by foreign director back in the 80s that dealt with the sociopolitical ramifications police force privatization. It depicted private police employees calling a strike and thus wreaking havoc on the city. I own the Criterion Collection release of this 20th Century masterpiece: http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0093870/


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