Kenneth Foster is a prisoner in Texas. Despite the fact that he wasn’t convicted of being responsible for a murder–only of being present–he was sent to death row in 1996 and came within three hours of execution 11 years later before his sentence was commuted. Both before and after this victory, Kenneth was an outspoken activist and writer, not only on his own behalf, but against the criminal justice system as a whole.
We’re all heard the hysteria, “If America doesn’t raise the debt ceiling she’ll default on her loans for the first time in our nations history.” Everyone in Washington is in a panic. All the Chicken Little’s are running around proclaiming, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” The corporate media picks up the mantra and echoes it throughout the land. “The sky is falling! The sky is falling.” Now everyone’s in a panic, running around screaming, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”
On Real Time last night, Bill Maher had author Naomi Klein on to talk about her new book “Shock Doctrine,” which is about the evils of corporations, privativzation, and the free-market economy. She naturally has to bring in Blackwater as an evil of privatization. I’ll have another video piece later on Blackwater, but this piece with Naomi is too rich to miss. Crony capitalism, free-market ideology, corporatism, etc. Yes, all evil entities. And let’s not forget about the importance of “shared responsibility.” For those of you educated in government schools, that’s “income redistribution.”