Capitalism: A Ghost Story
Capitalism is fairly universal in its practices allowing for some differences. The overarching goal is to satiate what one economist called its “werewolf hunger” for profits. The tar sands project in northern Alberta, the most environmentally destructive operation on earth, is proceeding apace, because it is a money-making bonanza. There is a telling cartoon in The New Yorker. A CEO of a major corporation is meeting with stockholders who are keen to hear about new dividends. He tells them, While long-term prospects for the planet are grim indeed with widespread misery, hunger, and wars, in the short term there are excellent opportunities for us to make more money. That sums up the corporate mindset. India has its own brand of rapacious capitalism. While hundreds of millions live in dire poverty a class of gazillionaires has emerged with maharaja-like conspicuous consumption.
Recorded at Princeton University.
Arundhati Roy is a world-renowned award-winning writer and global justice activist. Tariq Ali says of her she “is both loathed and feared by the Indian elite. Loathed because she speaks her mind. Feared because her voice reaches the world outside India and damages the myths perpetrated by New Delhi.” Among her many books are My Seditious Heart and Azadi.
Angel TendaHeart –
This ghost story is crucial and sharp and more insightful than a millions of others can ever dare to be. Rock on. I never heard of her until I was driving home and there she was on the radio. I bought the recording and am now one of her biggest fans! Rock it girlrrrr!!!!
Anne Ryan –
I have never ever been disappointed in anything that was written or spoken by this amazing woman. Her spiritual and political courage exceeds that of any one living in the world today. And she has some remarkable comrades in courage in women like Vandana Shiva and Wagiri Mathii.
Her unpacking of the systemic ruthlessness and cruelty of Capitalism is brilliant. We need to wake up before the world is consumed by horror.