Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

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We can relate

John Pilger, October 13:

“If we had all known then what we know now,” said the New York Times on 24 August, “the invasion [of Iraq] would have been stopped by a popular outcry.” The admission was saying, in effect, that powerful newspapers, like powerful broadcasting organisations, had betrayed their readers and viewers and listeners by not finding out – by amplifying the lies of Bush and Blair instead of challenging and exposing them. The direct consequences were a criminal invasion called “Shock and Awe” and the dehumanising of a whole nation.

“This remains largely an unspoken shame in Britain, especially at the BBC, which continues to boast about its rigour and objectivity while echoing a corrupt and lying government, as it did before the invasion. For evidence of this, there are two academic studies available – though the capitulation of broadcast journalism ought to be obvious to any discerning viewer, night after night, as “embedded” reporting justifies murderous attacks on Iraqi towns and villages as “rooting out insurgents” and swallows British army propaganda designed to distract from its disaster, while preparing us for attacks on Iran and Syria. Like the New York Times and most of the American media, had the BBC done its job, many thousands of innocent people almost certainly would be alive today.”

With noble exceptions, Australia’s ABC has been little better than the BBC. The obsession with spurious “balance” – allowing domestic debate over Iraq to be little better than a soundbite from John Howard and a response from a Labor politician – results in diminished democracy.

Pilger must have had the vast majority of mainstream Australian journalists in mind when he wrote this: “When will important journalists cease to be establishment managers and analyse and confront the critical part they play in the violence of rapacious governments?”

The risks involved in not playing the game are regarded as too great. After all, how many Australian journalists are fearless enough to investigate and report independently?

Pilger again:

“Since the invasion of Iraq, I have spoken to a number of principled journalists working in the pro-war media, including the BBC, who say that they and many others “lie awake at night” and want to speak out and resume being real journalists. I suggest now is the time.”

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Paul McGeough is a notable exception. Read his “National Trust Heritage Lecture“, a world away from the good vs.evil paradigm served up by the usual suspects. But then, armchair commentators and generals risk so little by cosying up to establishment power.

11 comments ↪
  • anthony

    But then, armchair commentators and generals risk so little by cosying up to establishment power.heh heh… conjures up images of you sitting around with some comrades, smoking copious amounts of pot and talking about how we need a revolution to ‘overthrow the man’, how Lenin was ‘soooo right, dude’, and that Cuba is where we should raise our children.Classic stuff…

  • Antony Loewenstein

    Lessons from a student master, people. Read and learn…

  • Pete's Blog

    ALYep you're right. While commercial media outlets have maintained the party and commercial lines set by their mogels – only ABC has spoken up.You no doubt recall how "AM", on ABC radio, heavily criticised the Iraq invasion. In the ensuing purge I think its main journalist (can't remember her name) was given the push.Hope she's doing OK – do you know?.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    It's Linda Mottram. How is she doing these days? Not sure, but she's a good journo – robust etc – exactly what authoritarian govts dislike.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Anthony, you are an idiot. Make a meaningful contribution or shut up.

  • Antony Loewenstein

    His profile suggests he's 19. 19 year olds most certainly know much about contrasting political systems and the wonders of capitalism.

  • anthony

    Ouch!Meaningful contribution- I thought I was making some relatively meaningful points in relation to other posts, you’ll note that my outbursts of sarcasm have actually been rather limited, unlike most of your posts, Dirt.Attacking my youth? I’m sure that wouldn’t be an issue for you if I were spewing far-left propaganda (after-all its the Greens who want the voting age reduced to 16).I have never claimed to be a master of anything, lest of all a master on the wonders of capitalism. The reason I support a limited free market system over socialism is not because of my own experience in the workforce, but because of the disgusting over-taxation of assorted family and friends- people I know work bloody hard- so Australians can watch The Bill on ABC, and sponsor bludgers who refuse to work (including those who spend a decade doing a Bachelor of Arts).

  • Wombat

    Don;t take it personally Anthony, that's what right wing nuts do when they run out of BS to throw at people.

  • leftvegdrunk

    I was a bit harsh, Anthony. Sorry. You are right about your contributons on other threads – these show you are not an idiot.

  • Wombat

    dirtbikeoptionSorry I thought you were talking to Lowenstein Anthony. The other Anthony's post was pretty pointless I agree.Would be kinda rude to tell the host to shut up.

  • leftvegdrunk

    Yes, the H makes a big difference. 😉