It is just like the neoliberals, imperialists and capitalists to try to take advantage of the Haitian people. This is just another example of capitalism gone wrong.
What will it take for people to understand the whole capitalistic system is broken?
The rich will continue to get richer. The middle class will continue to shrink. The poor will continue to be placed in slavery of some sort by the rich. Industrial nation states including the United States will continue to plunder poorer nations until the global economy starts feeding on itself. Then it is too late.
Less than 24 hours after last week's earthquake in Haiti, the right-wing Heritage Foundation showed us the meaning of compassionate conservativism.
Heritage said that the devastation offered an "opportunity to re-shape Haiti's long-dysfunctional government and economy as well as to improve the public image of the United States in the region."
Disaster capitalism is real, and right-wing activists want to use the chaos in Haiti to their advantage, exposing the country to the inequalities and undemocratic ways of the global corporate system.
So what can you do to stop them? Click here to automatically tell the International Monetary Fund and Inter-American Development Bank to forgive Haiti's debt.
Grants — not loans — will give Haiti what it needs to rebuild its public sector and become independent of foreign assistance for economic stability. The IMF must make good on its promise to forgive all $265 million of debt Haiti owes, and the IDB should do the same with its massive $477 million debt.
As Richard Kim pointed out in The Nation last week, it's no accident that Haiti lacks infrastructure and is vulnerable to natural disaster — Haiti has been burdened for centuries by the bondage of slavery and debt. Freed slaves were forced to pay reparations to their former slave owners, and Kim notes that "by 1900, Haiti was spending 80 percent of its national budget on repayments." It's unconscionable, but it's not unlike what the right is asking for now.
Debt forgiveness will ensure that Haiti can get back on its feet and ward off disaster capitalists seeking to profit from the tragedy. By clicking here now, you'll automatically tell the IMF and IDB — no shock doctrine for Haiti.
Thank you for your outpouring of support for the people of Haiti in this time of need.
Becky Bond, Political Director
CREDO Action from Working Assets
P.S.: CREDO has joined with our friends at True Majority, Democracy for America, Center for American Progress and MoveOn to raise money for Doctors Without Borders via ProgressivesForHaiti.org. Over $1.3 million has been raised by progressives so far. Please help spread the word.