Arguably, the current turmoil over the collective bargaining rights of public sector labour unions in Wisconsin is “Disaster Capitalism” in action…
A few years ago, after the near collapse of the financial sector and widespread meltdown of the global economy, I really thought there might have been a kind of “Shock Doctrine” in reverse that may have kicked in around the world — you know, a collective effort by citizens and their “democratically-elected” governments whereby reckless bankers and greedy financial speculators might actually be held to account, ruthlessly punished for their thoroughly egregious, self-serving, most probably criminal misdeeds, and prevented from operating a fraudulent, unregulated gambling casino under the ludicrous nomenclature of “free-market capitalism” in the future.
D’oh! What was I thinking?
Why didn’t I realize that temeritous office clerks, teachers, firemen, garbage collectors and ordinary working people in general, attempting to make a somewhat decent living or perhaps even acheive, heaven forbid, something approximating a “middle class” lifestyle, were actually responsible for the financial crisis and, dammit, must now be MADE TO PAY!