An international relations expert discusses domestic issues:
Closer to home – and these comments were warmly received here in Western Australia – I asked why governments of all major political stripes were so keen to debase democracy by selling off public assets to a company such as British multinational Serco.A few points in rebuttal:
- The linked article concerns the privatisation of specific government services rather than the "selling off of public assets".
- It is unclear how selling off state assets and privatising government services "debase democracy".
- The quoted author is no expert on anything.
- The quoted author is promoting an upcoming book on "disaster capitalism".
- The quoted author is famous for gross errors, once locating Lebanon inside northern Israel.
- The quoted author has not written for any major MSM publications in that he was not employed by corporate media as a writer, instead contributing articles, many of them book reviews, as a freelancer.
- The quoted author, claimed to have penned a best-seller, writes prose that would embarrass a high-schooler. To wit: "The Arab world has created these democratic movements despite of us not because of us." And: "Tariq Ali and John Keane both expressed admiration for what’s happening across the Middle East and how out of touch US and Western foreign policy seems in response." Both from the same paragraph.