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.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
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After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
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I’m in good company

“The Left is value free.”

So ends an article in today’s Australian about Israel and the Left’s supposed love affair with tyranny and “victims.”  At least I’m placed in good company:

In her book The New Anti-Semitism (2005), American feminist academic Phyllis Chesler writes: “The American and European Left have made a marriage in hell with their Islamic counterparts. The same Left that has still never expressed any guilt over its devotion to communist dictators who murdered millions of their own people in the service of a Great Idea has now finally, fatefully, joined the world jihadic chorus in calling for the end to racist Zionism and to the Jewish apartheid state.”

This is an especially interesting comment in view of the fact that, immediately after World War II, this same political Left lent support to the Jewish people and favoured the creation of a homeland for them in Israel. Even the Soviet Union voted in the UN Security Council for the establishment of the state of Israel, albeit for its own political ends. So what went wrong?

To understand why the Left has done a U-turn on this issue, one needs to appreciate that activists such as Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Antony Loewenstein feed on a constant diet of victims and define the progressive cause by hatred of whichever group they hold responsible for victimisation. Hatred has always been an essential characteristic of leftist ideology, providing the motivating force for its theory of dialectical materialism. 

Clearly journalists should be embedded with political leaders who bomb nations into liberation. My mistake. Shall be corrected in future work.

39 comments ↪
  • Addamo_01

    What amazes me about these article is that they all fail to acknowledge one simple issue, who is breaking international law, killing civilians in the greatest numbers and committing war crimes?

    Which side is threatening to attack the UN? http://www.guardian.co.uk/israel/Story/0,,1839442…

    Which side repeatedly hits UN and refugee camps? http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060808/ap_on_re_mi_e

    Which side is denying safe passage for aid groups to move food and medicine to besieged village? http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/news/world/1

    Which side is threatening to bomb ALL vehicles, not just trucks moving out of Southern Lebanon?

    To writers like this moron, these are incidental and are irrelevant to the argument, They cannot possibly be the reasons the Left is criticizing Israel. And of course, criticizing Israel must mean empathizing with Islamic extremists right?

    The right has proven scientifically that there is no such thing as a middle ground.

    Those who use that familiar charge about the left having done a U turn seem to miss the paradox and contradiction in their argument. If the left was indeed behind Israel and the Jewish cause after WWII and has since shifted to the other side, then right (who now claim to occupy that position) themselves have also perfumed a U turn.

    It's clearly lost on these formulaic and shallow arguments, that Israel ceased to be a victim when Israel was created and it's founders ethnically cleansed thousands of Palestinians in 1948.

    This article makes another absurd contradiction, by assuming that Israel is indeed the perennial victim, and that the right itself justifies it's support for Israel by brandishing this long retired concept.

    George Galloway gave a speech recently about the crocodile tears of those who justified the Iraq war for the sake of liberating the Kurds, yet not blinking at the similar treatment being handed out to Lebanese civilians.

    Couldn’t have put it better myself.

  • Ed Squire

    Noam Chomsky, John Pilger and Antony Loewenstein feed on a constant diet of victims and define the progressive cause by hatred of whichever group they hold responsible for victimisation.

    So what's 'wrong' here is that the left keeps blaming the people doing the killing for doing the killing? Actually, that sounds a little slightly right-wingish to me. But then again, from the perspective of the extremist right (a la AIJAC) – which holds the victims responsible for other people killing them – this sort of apprach would look pretty left-wingish.

    Hatred has always been an essential characteristic of leftist ideology, providing the motivating force for its theory of dialectical materialism.

    …as opposed to extremist rightist regimes which ground their hatred in the implicit (or explicit) ideology of simple racial superiority. (You know – those states that have defined themselves by race: Nazi Germany, Japan … oh, and surely there is at least one more.)

  • Speaking of good company, you may be interested in this thread at Joshua Micah Marshall's excellent US blog, Talking Points Memo.

    Many readers have pointed out that 'Zionism' has become a very loaded word, fraught with the potential for misunderstanding and provocation. I recognize this. And yet, there it is. We can't run away from it. Certainly, someone in my line of work cannot. It's a broad historical movement with a history and myths, glories and victims. And I've told you where I stand on it.

    In any case, all that is happening right now confirms in my mind the central importance for Israel of coming to a settlement with the Palestinians not in the distant future but now. Very soon. Both as a matter of justice and self-interest. A full state, based on the green line, with access to water and the sea. With all that has happened over the last six or seven years it may not be able to be a warm peace at first or perhaps for some time. But it has to happen, both, as I said, as a matter of simple justice, but also as a matter of basic self-interest for Israel and the United States. The Palestinians themselves have never been an existential threat to Israel. That was clear as far back as the 1948-49 war. But some of her neighbors and particularly those in the wider neigbhorhood very much are. And the running wound of the occupation only inflames and complicates defending against those threats.

    Now really is the time for those who believe in a just two-state solution in Israel-Palestine and a deescalation of the warfare threatening to tear the entire region (and US power along with it) apart to make themselves heard. Someone has to shout above the recrudescent Jew-haters on the one hand and the worshippers of force and militarism on the other.

    That's from a follow-up to a previous post in which Marshall referred to "my core belief in the Zionist project."

    Obviously, when one feels personally under attack from critics of a group to which one belongs – however nominally – one is inclined to an emotional response. But just as criticism of one's country can be the greatest form of patriotism, criticism of one's ethnic or religious group may be more well-intentioned than it first seems.

    Keep up the great work, Mr Loewenstein.

  • viva peace

    I am afraid that the Left has really lost its way. Its current psychotic alliance with extreme right wing islamofascists is just plain scary.

  • Suze

    What is plain scary is how your mind short circuits from "criticizes Israel's stance toward Palestinians" to "supports Jihad". Either there is a wire loose or you're just not trying.

  • viva peace

    Suze

    Unfortunately you are either being insincere or you are just another patsy who does not realize how she has been sucked into an old antisemitic frame of geopolitical analysis.

    I would like to see one, just one post of yours that showed even the slightest clue about the realities of the middle east and Islamofascism.

  • Suze

    Well enlighten me then Viva- explain to me exactly how the subjugation of Palestine and the bombing of Lebanon "back 20 years" contributes to world security, and helps prevent the spread of Islamic fundamentalism- really I am all eagerness.

  • johnfaber

    Viva Peace,

    I think you need to check out the definition of anti-Semitic, which is:

    "One who discriminates against or who is hostile toward or prejudiced against Jews."

    Israel's actions do not represent the wishes of every jew, and criticisms of Israel's actions in particular, are so far removed from anti-Semitism by definition as to make such an accusation laughable.

    What I find difficult with the attitude you display, is that the term anti-Semitic begins to lose its value and importance when used out of context.

    When a genuinely anti-Semitic remark or event takes place, the indifferent or unaligned members of the public might come out with a "oh there they go with the anti-Semitic thing again". Remember the fable about 'the boy who cried wolf'?

    As Jews, it is important not to devalue the suffering of our forbears in this manner.

    Please have a think about this,

    Regards

    jf

  • viva peace

    johnfaber

    Why don't you go and read what ia ctually wrote, rather than what you wanted to read and then maybe we can talk. OK?

    Suze

    I am prepared to help you, but ONLY if I can be persuaded I am not wasting my time. As I said, I need some evidence that you are actually up on the middle east and Islamofscism. I fear that you are just another homeless leftie looking for the victim du jour.

  • Suze

    Prevarication- you can't make the argument can you?

  • smiths

    oh viva you crack me up,
    "suze, I am prepared to help you"
    oh let me sidle up too viva, let me drink from your font of wisdom,
    i promise i'll do your middle east test to see if i am up to speed,

    question one, what is Islamofascism,
    hey i know this one, its a total load of made up bullshit, right?

    what do i know, heres juan cole talking about it, he's Professor of Modern Middle East and South Asian History at the History Department of the University of Michigan

    It is a misuse of the word "Islamic." "Islamic" has to do with the ideals and achievements of the Muslims and the Muslim religion. Thus, we speak of Islamic art. We speak of Islamic ethics.

    There can be Muslim fascists, just as there can be Christian fascists (and were, in Spain, Italy and Germany, and parts of Central and South America; the Spanish fascists and the Argentinian ones, e.g., were adopted by the United States government as close allies.)

    But there cannot be "Islamic" fascists, because the Islamic religion enshrines values that are incompatible with fascism.

    Fascism is not even a very good description of the ideology of most Muslim fundamentalists. Most fascism in the Middle East has been secular in character, as with Saddam Hussein's Baath Party. Fascism involves extreme nationalism and most often racism. Muslim fundamentalist movements reject the nation-state as their primary loyalty and reject race as a basis for political action or social discrimination. Fascists exalt the state above individual rights or the rule of law. Muslim fundamentalists exalt Islamic law above the utilitarian interests of the state. Fascism exalts youth and a master race above the old and the "inferior" races. Muslim fundamentalists would never speak this way. Fascism glorifies "war as an end in itself and victory as the determinant of truth and worthiness." Muslim fundamentalists view holy war as a ritual with precise conditions and laws governing its conduct. It is not considered an end in itself.

    hell, what does he know

  • johnfaber

    Your comments, Viva, suggest that the left [presumably meaning anybody questioning Israel's actions] have a "psychotic alliance with extreme right wing islamofascists", and that people commenting here a fools who cannot see past anti-Semitic propaganda. I don't think I'm reading "what I want to read" from your comments, I have no particular agenda here.

    But I see the term anti-Semitic applied with ever broader brush strokes.

    Viva Peace, are you concerned about the term anti-Semitism losing its importance and relevance?

  • viva peace

    John Faber

    Don't try and put words in my mouth. I am far too clever for you. Re-read my post and then come back. OK?

  • Suze

    I am far too clever for you.

    baseless assertion- requires evidence.

  • johnfaber

    You are very clever indeed. Well done.

    Re-reading your post doesn't reveal any deeper insights however. You'll notice that when I was "putting words in your mouth" I was, largely, quoting you.

  • Suze

    Oh I can't watch- this is too cruel

    Medic! – Viva needs some help

  • viva peace

    does not realize how she has been sucked into an old antisemitic frame of geopolitical analysis.

    I hope this helps.

  • johnfaber

    Yes, clever clogs, that's what I'm talking about.

  • Suze

    I'm still waiting for my lesson in geopolitics.

    Would you like to phone a friend?

  • Viva Peace is – in his case – a contradiction in terms – irony.

    What are Viva's middle east credentials – or for that matter – any of his other credentials?

    Condescending, patronising, sexist, racist, non-intellectual claptrap and he passes himself off as all-knowing and all understanding, and everybody else is stupid and ignorant by his standards.

    Yet more and more people around the world are learning that Israel is a militaristic, belligerent client state of the USA and is doing the bidding of the USA in order for that country to maintain its control across the region.

    Not islamofascist, pseudo-christianfascist, and pseudo-zionistfascism.

    Enjoy, Viva, Enjoy.

  • Adam

    Mannie De Saxe

    Go Mannie Go, you tell that Viva-troll.

  • Captain

    Mannie, aren't you doing just that? You are the king or should I say queen of the ad hominem attacks.

  • johnfaber

    Low.

  • Ed Squire

    Captain Aug 9th, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Mannie, aren’t you doing just that? You are the king or should I say queen of the ad hominem attacks.

    Hmm – attacks ad hominems with ad hominems.

    Cappy, aren't you the Captain of Bigoted Hypocrisy? (No need to reply. It's a factual statement dressed up as a rhetorical question. You can find the word "factual" in a dictionary. Please look it up.)

  • Addamo_01

    Viva,

    You are a perfect embodiment of the battle with intellectual flatulence that is exemplified in this article. When it comes to criticism of Israel, you are full of nuance, and well versed in all specifics to counter such arguments (the convenient ones that is), yet when it comes to Israel’s opponents, well their one big collective aren't they? This is where your argument and your bigotry lets you down.

    Like many on the right, there is no such thing as the left, but only the far left. One cannot be moderate because in the mind of the right wing, the left is one big enemy.

    No the left has not lost it’s way, it's just that the right has become convinced that to march in time to the goose step is somehow evidence of one’s conviction or the fortitude of ones values.

    You use the term Islamofascism in the most inappropriate context and without any basis. For example, you no doubt would be convinced that Hezbollah is an islamofascist organization, while failing to address the all important matter that it is not committed to turning Lebanon an Islamic state, and that Islamic radicalism was not it’s foundation.

    I guess in your circles, islamofascism just rolls off the tongue ever so sweetly.

  • JohD

    Either there is a wire loose or you’re just not trying.

    No, no! It is a crack in the crankshaft; and, there's something leaking from his radiator – nasty, vile green stuff.

  • M.Mayes

    I am afraid that the Left has really lost its way.

    Viva Peace,

    I am a moderate, I will condemn both Hezbollah and Israel for their actions.

    As a moderate I could be swayed either way on the current conflict.

    If you can convince me that Israel is justified in its current actions in Lebanon, I will solely denounce Hezbollah for the current crisis and argue your (hopefully well presented) points to others who might benefit from your wisdom.

    If you cant do this however, fuck off and never argue about Israeli-Arab politics again because your contribution will be pointless.

  • Addamo

    I am afraid that the Left has really lost its way

    The right has not only convinced itself that militarism and power are the answer to all problems, but that these options present a lasting solution.

    This is the great myth that the right love to perpetuate. Unfortunately, reality tells a different story.

    Take the Bush doctrine of spreading democracy. By anyone's standards, it has been an overwhelming failure. They are superficial facades made posible by illegitimate elections/revolutions that have convinced the right that only their ideology can produce results.

    So while the right boasted temporarily about democracy succeeding in Iraq, Lebanon, Afghanistan and the Urkaine, time has shown that remakign anything by gunpoint is destined to fail.

    Teh pre and post invasion rationales for the Iraq war is a perfect example of how he right wing ideology is so eliant on faith and myth. When Tim Blair was interviewed by the ABC recently, he stated that he moved from teh left to the right because the rigth was closer to reality – yet he still supports a war based entirely on lies.

    Talk about a contradiction.

    That Viva has not bothered to even aknowledge that the current crisis in Lebanon had nothing to do with 2 IDF soldiers, but everythign to do with implementing a year old plan to remove Hezbollah, is an example of how so much of the right wing argument is based on spurious and hollow assertions.

  • orang

    "Take the Bush doctrine of spreading democracy. By anyone’s standards, it has been an overwhelming failure."

    If the objective was (is) to install democracy then I could agree , however the real objective was (is) to destroy any viable threat to US/Israli hegemony in the Middle East. So far it has been an outstanding success. The only thing slowing the process is having to build a case for The Mob to swallow on why we have to blow up Iran. -Suitcase bombs, buying uranium from…Africa,, All that stuff if said often and loud enough will take hold and pretty soon Teheran will get the "Liberation" treatment. This time Israel will openly join the coalition because by then the sissies won't have anyone around them able to give them a kick occasionally.

  • Addamo_01

    You are right Orang,

    Except that there have been inforseen side effects that the US and Israel did not count on.

    Firstly, the US has become completely despised and no longer has any respect in the world. Chavez mocks Washington, North Korea and Iran both scoff at Washingotn's threats. Russia has risen as a regional power, and along with China has forged what could become a trading block to rival the US and Europe.

    Iran has entered into huge energy contracts with Indi and China, and Russia is helping them.

    The Lebanese conflict was clearly a sign of desperation. The US were afraid of hitting Iran in case Hezbollah sruck Israel with long range missiles. Also, the nuclear wepoans argument was going nowhere fast at the UN, seeing as the IAEA had nothing on Iran. Israel were getting scared that Iran would become to secure, so they upped the ante.

    Just to show how brainless the US public has become (and no doutb the orcs over at Tim Blair and LGF), last year 36% of the American public believed Iraq had WMD in 2003, this year, 50% do.

    It get's better. While 60% believe the Iraq war was a mistake, 30% can't even recall the year that 911 took place.

  • orang

    ..but 15% have figured out that it happened on the 11th of September.

  • M.Mayes

    Opening all bets on whether Viva makes another appearance on this thread or just goes with the hit and run tactics used so far.

    America could crush Iran in the end, no doubts there. But Iran is big, real big and nothing like the pushover that Iraq was. Many US troops will die for this one.

    Its hillarious Bush's idea of spreading the democratic love given the parallels that can be drawn between the Bush administration and totalitarian governments in the past

    BECOME A DEMOCRACY AND YOU WILL BE FREE TO SERVE UNDER MY COMMAND

  • viva peace

    Mannie de Saxe

    Are you that tragic queen who wrote letters to the gay press trying to get western, white, liberal gays to boycott Gay Pride in Jerusalem in the hope of returning "when Jerusalem is free?"

    If so, you are a filthy gay-Holocaust conspirator

  • viva peace

    Mannie

    Darling, a word to the clueless. If Jerusalem were ever to fall to the fuilthy Islamofascists while you were tehre, they would bury you up to your neck and run a tractor over you.

    Think about it "girlfriend."

  • " viva peace

    Aug 11th, 2006 at 1:44 am

    Mannie de Saxe

    Are you that tragic queen who wrote letters to the gay press trying to get western, white, liberal gays to boycott Gay Pride in Jerusalem in the hope of returning “when Jerusalem is free?”

    If so, you are a filthy gay-Holocaust conspirator

    34 viva peace

    Aug 11th, 2006 at 1:48 am

    Mannie

    Darling, a word to the clueless. If Jerusalem were ever to fall to the fuilthy Islamofascists while you were tehre, they would bury you up to your neck and run a tractor over you.

    Think about it “girlfriend.” "

    I am neither your darling, nor your girlfriend. Because I happen to be gay does not mean I have to hide my head in shame from your homophobia. And yes, I did have my name on a letter, together with other gay activists, concerning the boycotting of World Pride in Jerusalem.

    "Fuilthy Islamofascists" Please explain!! I wouldn't dream of going to Jerusalem under the present regime, just as I wouldn't return to visit South Africa until the apartheid regime had vanished.

    People on this post don't like comparing Israelis to Nazi Germans, or to apartheid South Africa, but it was Hitler who said he had no further territorial ambitions, and in case anyone hadn't noticed, this is all about water, stupid!!! Israel is running out of water, having stolen water from Jordan and occupied Palestine, so now it intends taking water from the Litani and sending it to Israel.

    And I am not in the least tragic – how could I be if I am gay???

    And of course, for the record, the rabbis, priests and mullahs in Jerusalem got together and issued a joint statement condemning the possibility of World Pride taking place in Jerusalem!

    Please define "filthy gay-Holocaust conspirator" – you have lost me somewhat. Some thousands of gays and lesbians were killed in Hitler's homosexual holocaust. It is not something I see as funny in any way, and as a Jew, I had many relatives killed in gas chambers. My father-in-law (who came to South Africa from Lithuania in the early 1900s) lost his 4 sisters and their entire families in the holocaust, so don't make filthy jokes about things which you are too young and wet behind the ears to understand. As the saying goes, go teach your grandmother to suck eggs!!

  • Addamo

    Darling, a word to the clueless. If Jerusalem were ever to fall to the fuilthy Islamofascists while you were tehre, they would bury you up to your neck and run a tractor over you.

    Thats righ Viva,

    Much better that he get blown to pink mist by a misdirected Israeli bomb right? At least that way, he get's to go to heaven.

  • Addamo

    Mannie De Saxe,

    Isn't it revelaking how the only people in this blog who have ever attacked you for being gay, or even made an issue of it, have been our Juseofascist friends? The same people who constantly remind us how aweful it woudl be to be gay in an Isalmic state?

    I think in some strange way, they regard themslves as tolerant.

  • viva peace

    Addamo

    I don't attack him for being gay. Whatever floats your boat in my book. I just feel sorry for the poor love that he doesn't realize what the Muslims think of and do to gays.

    One wonders if he has heard his brother-in-arms Keysar Trad on the subject of pillow-biters? Truly lovely. And to think we subsidise the dole-bludger to the tun of $1500 per week so he can spout his filthy homophobic rhetoric.

  • "viva peace

    Aug 11th, 2006 at 2:00 am

    Addamo

    You traitorous moron. When you point out some filthy Keysar Trad type who gives up his dole or DSP to fight for LEBANON, perhaps THEN you can comment.

    viva peace

    Aug 11th, 2006 at 8:00 am

    Addamo

    I don’t attack him for being gay. Whatever floats your boat in my book. I just feel sorry for the poor love that he doesn’t realize what the Muslims think of and do to gays.

    One wonders if he has heard his brother-in-arms Keysar Trad on the subject of pillow-biters? Truly lovely. And to think we subsidise the dole-bludger to the tun of $1500 per week so he can spout his filthy homophobic rhetoric."

    Viva-homophobe – hiding behind your pseudonym – you haven't the courage of your convictions, and your attacks are just cowardly because you hide your identity.

    Now let's see about Keysar Trad. He is the ex-representative of the Lebanese Muslim Association in Sydney who was present at a seminar at the University of Western Sydney in June 2002.

    Our web pages: <a>Forum at University of Western Sydney 2002

    will give you the full story, so that you can do a thorough hatchet job in your inimitable cowardly style.

    You are so wet behind the ears it is pathetic.

    Addamo, thanks to you and others for your support. Viva-homophobe is racist, sexist, homophobic, intolerant, immature, pathetic – aren't you baby? and I am not your poor love, thank goodness!

    When you grow up you will see that the left was "right" all the time. It's a capitalist thing, stupid!