The 'shocking' take on Detroit's fiscal crisis

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Since returning to Detroit last year after a long absence, Metro Times founder and former owner Ron Williams has started happyfrogdetroit.com, a website for “Building Healthy, Just & Sustainable Communities,” as the homepage logo puts it.

Particularly strong reading is Williams’ Jan. 10 posting, “Shocks, Hit Men and the Future of Detroit,” a connect-the-dots piece that puts the Detroit financial crisis and the looming emergency manager in the context of Naomi Klein’s The Shock Doctrine and John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

Key concept: “This may be an old game, but Detroit is the first major American city where the new template will be test driven: fiscal crisis, suspension of democracy, followed by the rapid, wholesale dismantling of the public sector and privatization of the commons.”

The ideas overlap, in part, with the blog post — really an extended essay — by Rayfield Waller on Report From Detroit, apparently, the blog’s sole posting.

Also, while we're catching up on links, also worth checking out is shetroit, a project of Williams’ wife and partner, Becca Williams. Having trouble parsing the name? The idea is “Putting the she in Detroit.”

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