The Checkbook and the Cruise Missile
The “overall framework of power,” as Henry Kissinger calls it, consists of the IMF, the World Bank and the WTO. The muscle that enforces the economic regime is the U.S. military. With a bloated budget of half a trillion dollars a year, the Pentagon’s warriors straddle the earth. The president announces that America is “the greatest force for good in history.” Somehow that view is not widely shared. The New York Times reports that Bush’s policies have “generated a tsunami of anti-Americanism.” In these critical times dissent is crucial. As Orwell, said, “If liberty means anything at all it’s the freedom to tell people what they don’t want to hear.” This program contains excerpts from Roy’s Sydney Peace Prize acceptance speech and from her famous essay, “Do the Turkeys Love Thanksgiving?”
Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned writer and global justice activist. The New York Times calls her, “India’s most impassioned critic of globalization and American influence.” Among her many honors are the Lannan Foundation’s Cultural Freedom Award and the Sydney Peace Prize. She is the author of many books including The God of Small Things, The Checkbook & the Cruise Missile, Field Notes on Democracy, Walking with the Comrades, Capitalism A Ghost Story and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.