Naomi Klein vs. Alan Greenspan on DemocracyNow! (plus the Mansell theme)

The debate took place and form couple days ago on democracynow.org and is available on youtube (1, 2, 3, 4 parts).

Who:

  • Naomi Klein – spearhead investigative journalist, guilty of explaining to the ignorant world the other side of globalization and the everpresent externalities. it all leads to the proper name-calling, i.e. alter-globalists, like the hacker-cracker misnaming. Klein is famous for at least a couple of good books, „no logo“, „Windows and Fences“ and recently „The shock doctrine“.
  • Alan Greenspan – the retired Master Chief of the real money and power brokers in the US and the world – the Federal Reserve. This guy should have been retired looong ago, dunno how they keep him alive, but he’s certainly a bigger celebrity in the economics circle. Hard to follow, but definitely not mad, very crisp logic and stance even for his age, he’s on a book promoting trip and ready to take some hits for it. I still remember his cold and balanced commentaries just before the internet bubble burst, that he’s not worried about new economy overwhelming the old one. This guy was good..

What: a plethora of issues, the Iraq War, Bush’s Tax Cuts, Economic Populism, Crony Capitalism and More…

Naomi was great, did her homework, you just don’t get a lot of chances to face such a dinosaur and semigod alive. Greenspan was still in his mind, but on a cold defensive stance. Denied responsibility anywhere he could and generalized the rest as much as he could, intermittently PR-ing „the book“.Still, just a small mentioning, concurrent with the present strike of the Bulgarian teachers:

„skilled labor is under great demand(in the U.S.), having dysfunctional educational system in the US in primary and secondary schools …. as a result we don’t get enough people up to skills to create much less in terms of pay inequality (and need to import from the world)“

An easter egg, for the rest of the Klint Mansell fans out there: in between part 2, around the 4th minute, they let the main melody theme of Lux Aeterna, tributing it as „The Kronos Quartet, Requiem for a Dream“ 🙂 just couldn’t keep myself from grinning…

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It’s „Costumers only“, stupid.

I really wanted to leave this as a no comment snapshot…

costumers parking sign

… but just couldn’t resist. You know 😉
I have no intention at all to advertise the mentioned bank, nor to blur the image. It is sadly a very good and on the spot definition for the whole mess and word puns in Bulgaria.
The other funny thing is recently I hear some new and non-comforting rumors about the subjects mentioned. I am talking about the connection between this central cooperative bank, the Varna-originated TIM group (read – mob) and the mayor and governors in the city. Usually, people here tend to think that the mafia – TIM, bought out the bank and later down the road – the current mayor of Varna, running second term in office.  But recently and in more private conversations I hear that it might have been the other way around, i.e. the bank bought the TEAM and that the cutesy mayor needs the thugs as much as they need him. Kinda win-win situation looks to me, heh?

One thing is for sure: it is „For Costumers Only“ game.

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