By Ben Cohen
George Monbiot sums up the ethos of the G20:
“We, the Leaders of the Group of Twenty, will use every cent we
don’t possess to rescue corporate capitalism from its contradictions
and set the world economy back onto the path of unsustainable growth.
We have already spent trillions of dollars of your money on bailing out
the banks, so that they can be returned to their proper functions of
fleecing the poor and wrecking the Earth’s living systems. Now we’re
going to spend another $1.1 trillion. As an exemplary punishment for
their long record of promoting crises, we will give the IMF and the
World Bank even more of your money. These actions constitute the
greatest mobilisation of resources to support global financial flows in
Oh – and we nearly forgot. We must do something
about the environment. We don’t have any definite plans as yet, but
we’ll think of something in due course.”
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.