3.15.2010 By CK Hunter
The cognitive dissonace gets worse as I locate another major media article naming Raj Patel as Maitreya and naming Share International as the organization who has “heralded” him thusly. Someone is lying. It either has to be Creme himself [Creme recently disavowed even knowing who Patel was until recently and claimed he had never even met him] or members of Share International. Here’s the piece with the text highlighted.
There’s No Such Thing as a Free Market — Just a Matter of Who Pays for It
Raj Patel opens his new book, The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, with Oscar Wilde’s observation that “nowadays people know the price of everything and the value of nothing.” Patel shows how our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. Revealing the hidden ecological and social costs of a hamburger — as much as $200 — he asks how we came to have markets in the first place. Both the corporate capture of government and our current financial crisis, Patel argues, are a result of our bankrupt political system. Searching for solutions, Patel goes back to basics in both economics and politics.
Raj Patel has worked for the World Bank and WTO and been tear-gassed on four continents protesting against them. He is a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley’s Center for African Studies, a researcher at the School of Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, a fellow at the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First) and the author of Stuffed and Starved. Though recently heralded as the Maitreya (or chosen one) by members of Share International, Patel protests he’s just an ordinary bloke.
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