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In Venezuela Chavez has made the co-ops a top political priority, giving them first refusal on government contracts and offering them economic incentives to trade with one another. By 2006, there were roughly 100,000 co-operatives in the country, employing more than 700,000 workers. Many are pieces of state infrastructure – toll booths, highway maintenance, health clinics – handed over to the communities to run. It’s a reverse of the logic of government outsourcing – rather than auctioning off pieces of the state to large corporations and losing democratic control, the people who use the resources are given the power to manage them, creating, at least in theory, both jobs and more responsive public services. Chavez’s many critics have derided these initiatives as handouts and unfair subsidies, of course. Yet in an era when Halliburton treats the U.S. government as its personal ATM for six years, withdraws upward of $20 billion in Iraq contracts alone, refuses to hire local workers either on the Gulf coast or in Iraq, then expresses its gratitude to U.S. taxpayers by moving its corporate headquarters to Dubai (with all the attendant tax and legal benefits), Chavez’s direct subsidies to regular people look significantly less radical.
Naomi Klein (via fyeahnoamchomsky)

(via lettersfromtaiwan)

Jasieński’s sympathies are firmly with the proletariat and readers will find much about class struggle, the exploitation of the working classes, the ineffectiveness of parliamentary democracy and the weakness – if not the treachery – of social democrats. Comrade Laval, of the communists, thinks of the French authorities “And now they were calmly standing by while everyone died of hunger and the plague, to take over a disinfected Paris once more, smother it in police, drown it in democracy by opening the floodgates of futile parliamentary blather…” It’s the shock doctrine years before Naomi Klein – or even Milton Friedman.

Robert Looby reviews a new translation of Bruno Jasieński’s 1927 novel I Burn Paris, and finds many contemporary parallels

Some readers may find this all very dated. The idea that a people in the heart of Europe might be cut off from help and hung out to dry while they deal on their own with some kind of raging infection that might otherwise spread to the rest of the continent destroying economy after economy in a domino effect obviously has no place in modern, twenty first century Europe, though if you happen to be suffering from “internal devaluation” brought on by the black debt you might beg to differ. 

The full review can be read here at TMO