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.

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No please, tell us what you really think

Is this America’s most offensive radio host? Of course, maybe I’m just being overly politically correct.

18 comments ↪
  • John Ryan

    Is he going into competition with the FOX network

  • Addamo

    Savage has become a parody of himself. Even the right in the America consider him an embarrassment.

  • Grand Rapids Michiga

    Addamo,

    I wish what you said was true in my area. Here Savage along with Hannity, Coulter, Limbaugh, etc. are regarded as heroes and modern day prophets. At the local bookstores all of Savages's books get placed cover out on the shelf while even the newest Al Franklin book gets shelved spine out.

  • Don Wigan

    Jeez, and here I was thinking Rush Limbaugh was the pits!

    I assume it's like a more extreme version of the Aussie shock jocks. Over here, it's bad enough. Lawsie is assumed to be middle-of-the-road only because he can be compared to Alan Jones and Stan whats-his-name.

    I hope Rush is never looked on as a moderate.

  • Addamo

    Grand Rapids Michigan Resident,

    Greetings to you. I never met anyone who lived in an area where Pills Limbaugh was regarded as anything other than a freakshow.

    Haven't heard much of Coulter lately. I fugured she'd gone the way of th Dodo and rethought her public image. Even Hannity must surely be losing his lustre, especially now that the talking points comming out fo the White House will dry up for a while with Rove being demoted and all.

    Keep the faith. You are a bright light in the darkness.

  • viva peace

    Yes he is offensive. But that is the price to be paid for living in the most free and liberal nation on earth. Australia is Stalinist in comparison.

  • viva peace

    Don Wigan

    "Shock jock" is an American term and phenomenon. There are no "shock jocks" in Australia.

  • Addamo

    You are the master of satire Viva,

    The US is a land of extremes for sure. While death and destruction are considered national value, in the the country that virtually invented porn, a naked breast causes the right wing moralists to convulse.

    The Patriot Act is one step away from a police state, and has no equal in Australia or the UK.
    The USA leads the world in government surveilance of it's people.
    Since when can someone be arrested without trial or without being having charges brough them in Australia?
    What leader, other than Bush, reserves the right to flou the law as he pleases?
    Bush's fire in the mind speech was as Marxist as it gets.

    Perspective is clearly not your strong point.

    "There are no “shock jocks” in Australia."

    It's a relative term. You can't use superlative like "shit" and "fuck" on live broadcasts in the US either. Allan Jones may not be a shock jock, but it's not through lak of trying.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    Only somebody who has never listened to the "real deal" could say something so ignorant. Perhaps Jones is "shocking" to your delicate little sensibilities, but he sounds just like the average Australian to me.

  • John Ryan

    Are all your friends over 60 bigots viva as most of Jones listeners are

  • Addamo

    Not at all.

    I suspect that your glowing referenes to the US are born out of ignorance. I spend a great deal of time in the US and happen to be in the US at the moment ; quite frankly, the state of the country has a good deal of the locals freaked out.

    Needless to say, I imagine that if the Michael Savages, Sean Hannitys, Rush Limbaughs and Anne Counlters of this world directed bile towards Israel and Zionists sentiments, you would be among the firs to decry the country as a bastion of evil.

    Yo seem to be confueing "delicate" with "relativity". I hardly describe Jones as shocking so much as predicatable. The again, I don't consider the Savages of this world shocking either. Hacks of this colour are rather formulaic, choosing to excrete venom rather than engange in constructive discource. While in Australia, we do not have shock jocks in the vain of Savage, we also have a greater perparedness to live and let live.

    Your Stalinist observation is entirely inverted.

  • smiths

    on savage

    He got fired from MSNBC in July of 2003 for the following 'on air' exchange with a caller:

    "So you're one of those sodomists. Are you a sodomite?" Savage asked.

    The caller replied: "Yes, I am."

    "Oh, you're one of the sodomites," Savage said. "You should only get AIDS and die, you pig. How's that? Why don't you see if you can sue me, you pig. You got nothing better than to put me down, you piece of garbage. You have got nothing to do today, go eat a sausage and choke on it."

    He reaches over eight million listeners on 377 stations throughout the United States, ranking third in nationwide ratings behind Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity.

  • Addamo

    I suspect that Savage provides a morbid fascination for many of his listerners. I must admit that I too will occasionally watch snippets or Hannity, Coulter, Limbaugh, O'Reilly, ect. just for the entertainment value. It's the intellectual equivalent of watching mud wrestling – somethign you do now and them to get a good laugh.

    I read somewhere that Queer Eye for the Staight Guy attracted a lof of veiwers from the homohpbic demographic. Go figure.

  • boredinHK

    Wow and here I was thinking Howard Stern was way out there .

    Addamo – did you really mean this ? "What leader, other than Bush, reserves the right to flou ( flout ) the law as he pleases ?"

    You have to remember all us poor souls over here in Asia where every one of our leaders follows that rule.

  • Bruce Warrington

    Since when can someone be arrested without trial or without being having charges brough them in Australia?

    Since the Parliament passed this law.

  • Addamo

    boredinHK

    You have to remember all us poor souls over here in Asia where every one of our leaders follows that rule.

    I was of coures, implying leaders that claim to be the moral beacons to the international community.

  • Don Wigan

    Back to our Oz radio shock jocks for a moment. Colin Mason, former Dem Senator and former ABC SE Asian Correspondent, mentioned that some radio jock had advocated sending in the SAS to bust Shapelle Corby out of prison. He didn't think that attitude was likely to endear us much abroad.

    Sounds a bit extreme for Jones (although he did get very pompous about the Indonesian Judge reading out the Judgement in Indonesian, not English), but maybe Viva, as an avid listener can reassure us.

  • orang

    I agree that its very naive of the judge not to read out the verdict in english. After all English is the mother tongue …oh wait , is this Indonesia?,….