Friday, April 17, 2009

The Mafia's Answer to Naomi Klein

Italian organized crime is now moving into areas affected by Italy's recent earthquake, giving a new twist to Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine.

According to Klein, capitalists have used disasters, such as Katrina, to undermine safety net protections and to advance their position.

In Italy, however, its April 6, 2009, earthquake is giving this opportunity instead to criminal organization's, such as the Sicilian Mafia, or Cosa Nostra; the Calabrian 'ndrangheta and the Naples-based Camorra. Traditionally the earthquake stricken central Italian region has not been a mob stronghold.

Apparently the mob hopes to profit from reconstruction building projects.

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