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Neoliberalism and the death of a mother and child

March 4th, 2008 · No Comments

bw-jakartajuly2007-17.JPGToday, a seven-month pregnant mother and her 5-year old son, died of hunger, in Makassar, the capital city of South Sulawesi. A television station aired the tragedy, seconds before continued its attack on public with a series of luxurious products commercials, before the audience switched to yellow programs that sell dreams and creams, or slipped back into their own personal businesses. Everything was back to normal by the time the nation started its Saturday evening routines; because it’s no more than personal tragedy of a pedicab drivers’s family, not a tragedy for the nation; because it’s a private matter, beyond State’s responsibility and intervention; because it’s simply a human tragedy, and has nothing to do with markets. That’s what neoliberalism is all about.

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