by Curt Guyette
Here’s a small taste from the bitter-fruit buffet he’s serving up in his lengthy piece, "A Ghost Story: Restructuring Detroit," on the CounterPunch website:
Detroit’s reality is already the neoliberal nightmare; relentless cutbacks in education, health, and other social services. What seems inevitable is that ‘restructuring Detroit’ (unless resistance can prevent it — as I have previously argued elsewhere) will look an awful lot like the now-notorious ‘structural adjustment’ programs imposed on the developing world by the major multilateral financial institutions — the IMF, the WTO and the World Bank — throughout the neoliberal era. Systematic privatization of common pubic resources; deregulation of corporate power; savage attacks on social services, working standards and basic quality of life for ordinary People; all as a way to even further enrich and empower elites. The infamous "Shock Doctrine," in Motown rhythm. This is the noxious, authoritarian political reality of "restructuring." No wonder they hide the term behind comforting lies like ‘"consent" and "fiscal stability."