Secrets, Lies and Democracy
Interviewed by David Barsamian
Copyright © 1994 by David Barsamian
Another illusion-shattering, fact-filledmasterpiece from the man the
called "arguably the mostimportant intellectual alive." Here are afew, brief excerpts:
In 1970, about 90% of international capital was used fortrade and long-term investment --more or less productive things --and 10% for speculation. By1990, those figures had reversed.
Haiti, a starving island, isexporting food to the US -- about35 times as much under Clintonas under Bush.
The US government spent moremoney per capita to get thepresidential candidate it favoredelected in Chile in 1964 than was spent by both candidates (Johnsonand Goldwater) in the 1964 election here in the United States.
The gap between how much income is held by the richest and poorest20% has increased dramatically over the past 30 years -- about doublefor rich vs. poor countries and far more for rich vs. poor people.
What the public wants is called "politically unrealistic." Translated intoEnglish, that means power and privilege are opposed to it.