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Diary Title: Haiti and the Shock Doctrine, by Matt Kennard on 09.05.2012

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The mass privatization of state-run assets and the turning of Haiti into a "Caribbean sweatshop" - via an export-led garment-production and cheap-labor model - was something that the US and"IFIs {international financial institutions} had been pushing forcefully from the mid-1990s through the 2000s. Now {ie, after January, 2010} its realization became a distinct possibility. They could enforce it with minimal pushback from a decimated civil society and a denuded government. All the extra-Haitian bodies, particularly the US government, saw the same vision, which made it even easier.

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Toussant L'Overture (approx 1797), by An Unknown Painter

The "partnership" believed that rebuilding the capabilities of the Haitian state should play no role in the reconstruction. The panacea to Haiti's problems lay in the creation of a flourishing private sector. "What's really going to change Haiti and make this process different from all the previous ones is [the] development of the private sector, and I think there's a consensus in that", AgustÃn Aguerre, the Haiti manager for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), tells me. The bank disbursed $177bn in grant money in 2010, more than any other multilateral source, to push this agenda. "Private sector is the big difference, it's what will be creating wealth, creating jobs, not the public sector", Mr. Aguerre adds.


Click here to read Mr. Kennard's entire article at Naomi Klein's website.



 

I have a law degree (Stanford, 66') but have never practiced. Instead, from 1967 through 1977, I tried to contribute to the revolution in America. As unsuccessful as everyone else over that decade, in 1978 I went to work for the U.S. Forest (more...)
 
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