The Shape of Things to Come in Libya: Interview with Michael Parenti


Michael Parenti: Expect the same thing as you saw happened in Yugoslavia and in Eastern Europe.  There will be a massive privatization taking place.  The public economy that the Gaddafi government had built over 40 years, which included public subsidies for housing, for education, for healthcare — all those things will be privatized.  The oil fields will be handed over to private companies for private profit.  Death squads will come in to clean up those who might still have a commitment to a social wage or a communal wage.  This is what we have to look forward to, and that was the real intention.  It was to overthrow the government, it wasn’t any humanitarian concern, it wasn’t any concern for democracy.

Michael Parenti is the author of 23 books.  His latest book is The Face of Imperialism.  This video was released by Russia Today on 21 August 2011.  Cf. David D. Kirkpatrick, “Libyans Turn Wrath on Dark-Skinned Migrants” (New York Times, 4 September 2011).


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