Naomi Klein brings up some excellent points about how the heads of the states that make up North America believe that allowing protestors to be "seen and heard" from behind barbed wire while our leaders dine at the Chateau Montebello with the CEOs of Chevron, Ford, Lockheed Martin, and Wal-Mart--all who are on Global Exchange's 2005 list of worst corporations--is actually an acceptable.
I recently authored an article for The Humanist magazine titled "The Security and Prosperity Partnership Summit, Are Our Leaders Undermining Democracy?" In it I wrote, "Imagine how we would shake our heads in pity if we were to read about the heads of state of three developing countries barricaded in a luxury villa with the wealthy ruling class elite while the people protested behind the barbed wire. "If only they could live in a democracy," we would say with a regretful sigh."
I wish I had been creative enough to refer to it as the "Big Brother Democracy" it is. The mainstream media (except for Agence France Presse) has done little more than regurgitate the official press releases on the summit, so thank you, Ms. Klein and The Nation, for taking a critical look at what's happening.
Sep 25 2007 - 7:32pm