Mon Dec 31, 2012, 05:21 AM
xchrom (108,903 posts)
A Rogue's Gallery of Imperialists, Billionaires and Cheerleaders of Capitalist Domination
Foreign Policy Mag's 'Top 100 Global Thinkers': A Rogue's Gallery of Imperialists, Billionaires and Cheerleaders of Capitalist Domination
A few years back, Foreign Policy magazine began compiling annual lists of "The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers". Aside from some worthy exceptions, the lists are populated by individuals whose dearth of intellectual qualifications tends to render the whole business an exercise in oxymoron proliferation.
With this year's survey of Global Thought, FP purports to "present… a unique portrait of 2012's global marketplace of ideas and the thinkers who make them".
Given the neoliberal presentation of the mission statement, it's not surprising to find corporate apologists well-represented in the marketplace. Global Thinker no. 65, for example, is US economist Paul Romer, whose crusade to revive the practice of colonialism in the world is creatively euphemised by FP into a "novel idea for persuading a developing country to sign away a parcel of land to be governed by a foreign power as a model for economic growth".
Multibillionaire Bill Gates is meanwhile elevated to the rank of "perennial FP Global Thinker for the enormous scale and ambition of his efforts to finance - and reimagine - global health and development".
3 replies, 584 views
Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
A Rogue's Gallery of Imperialists, Billionaires and Cheerleaders of Capitalist Domination (Original post)
|Norrin Radd||Dec 2012||#1|
Response to xchrom (Original post)
Mon Dec 31, 2012, 09:43 AM
Octafish (46,268 posts)
2. They're not going to get caught in Versailles this go-round.
They've got jets and yachts to get them to their loot and island redoubts offshore.
Besides, tests show a Segway can outrun a tumbril.