Magazine article New Internationalist

Some Time Ago I Read Two Pretty Harrowing Accounts of 'Seriously

Magazine article New Internationalist

Some Time Ago I Read Two Pretty Harrowing Accounts of 'Seriously

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organized crime'. Roberto Saviano's Gomorrah describes it in the industrial hinterland of Naples. Misha Glenny's McMafia visits similar territory almost everywhere else. The closer I looked into corporate globalization for this issue, the more it appeared to inhabit much the same place. The brutality, the banality, the blackmail, the bribes, the bets, the bag-carriers, the big bosses, the booty - the business model must surely have come from the same maker.

The clearest difference between them is, of course, that one is considered legitimate. But even that has begun to blur. For instance, in Britain a venal but relatively paltry system of parliamentary expenses has been aping the antics of the corporate world for years. Was it really pure chance - I began to wonder - that induced the corporate media to expose' it, (thereby distracting public attention and discrediting parliament) only when immeasurably larger and more fateful sums of public cash were being requisitioned to salvage corporate globalization? …

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