Saturday, October 9, 2010

Humanitarianism and Empire

Alexander Cockburn on "[t]he relationship of 'human rights' to the course of empire" — The Soros Syndrome. The author argues that "foundations, nonprofits, NGOs—call them what you will—can on occasion perform nobly, but overall their increasing power moves in step with the temper of our times: privatization of political action, directly overseen and manipulated by the rich and their executives." He continues, "The tradition of voluntarism is extinguished by the professional, very well-paid do-good bureaucracy."

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