Haiti and the 'Shock Doctrine'
Stephon Johnson | 4/12/2011, 5:31 p.m.
Barron had some words for the current mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, after getting word of the mayor's comments about him and the Rev. Al Sharpton. "Bloomberg has the nerve to tell me and Sharpton to stay out of Haiti. Yet Clinton is down there with his daughter Chelsea and no one is saying anything," said Barron. "We're talking about bringing doctors, aid and water supplies; not to stay. We're just going to drop off supplies and find out what's going on, on the ground and this arrogant mayor is telling us to stay out of the way?"
Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have been tapped to come into Haiti and begin to plan the rebuilding process. They've been told to seek the help of private organizations.
"They are preparing to rip off Haiti just as they did in New Orleans [during Hurricane Katrina]," said Barron.
Barron spoke of the public housing that wasn't destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans that was eventually destroyed to expand the French Quarter, the commercial district of New Orleans. He also spoke of how the aftermath of Katrina brought about a desire to convert public schools in charter school. "They used it as an excuse," said Barron. "This is what we must fight against."
One man has chosen to take his fight online. Adam Ramsay, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh in England, created the "No Shock Doctrine for Haiti" group on the social networking site Facebook. Ramsay explained his reasons for starting the group.
"Corporations took advantage of the war in Iraq, Asian tsunami, and Katrina to plunder," Ramsay said. "Neo-conservatives at the Pentagon and International Monetary Fund used these disasters to push damaging pro-corporate policies passed distracted peoples. Centuries of western colonialism created the poverty, which made this earthquake so deadly. We must now let Haitians decide their economic policies."
Ramsay hopes that the group encourages people to donate and to do the proper research on Haiti's most recent crisis. "We can't let the Thieves of Baghdad become the Pirates of the Caribbean," declared Ramsay.
Klein, the original author of the age-old phenomenon, took to her website to tell those who are aware to stop America before they "shock again" in Haiti. But stopping the Haitian installment of the Shock Doctrine might be too little, too late.