By Matt Kennard
The tale americans are wont to inform themselves approximately their kingdom is a compelling one: the U.S. is a strength for reliable on the earth, a haven for wealthy upward mobility, and a stalwart defender of democracy and human rights abroad.
With The Racket, veteran investigative journalist Matt Kennard pulls again the curtain and divulges a miles darker fact. the image of the USA he paints is noticeably at odds with that noble picture: via Kennard’s eyes we see one other the USA, one who has lashed the realm to a neoliberal imaginative and prescient and has rewarded filthy rich elites on the rate of normal humans, real freedom, and the worldwide setting. development his case from greater than 2,000 interviews with officers, intellectuals, and artists world wide, together with Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Howard Zinn, John Pilger, and Banksy, Kennard unearths how we're offered a dream and the way that dream obscures the truth of the company country, mass incarceration, and the evisceration of human rights.
A ringing polemic that’s powerfully rooted in reality, The Racket is as certain to be arguable because it is to fire up severe reform and revolt.
“Matt Kennard threw away a soft occupation with an institution newspaper simply to allow you to in on a mystery: you don’t get the tale, you get the cover-up. From Honduras to Haiti to Washington to London, Kennard we could us in at the information of buried truth.” —Greg Palast, writer of The top Democracy funds Can Buy
“A the most important exposé of the strong, of injustice, and of the struggle opposed to the bad. it may encourage we all to struggle back.” —Owen Jones, writer of Chavs and The Establishment
“In this significant ebook, Kennard explores the direct affects of militarized, globalized American capitalism on one of the most battered components of our global. With devastating precision and an impressive experience of urgency, he reviews on company surprise medical professionals in Haiti, imperialist drug warriors in Honduras, pillaging coal and mining giants in southern Africa and Appalachia—and much more. most significantly, he by no means loses sight of the starting to be numbers of resistors conserving directly to their creativity and self-determination within the face of those forces.” —Naomi Klein, writer of This alterations Everything and The surprise Doctrine
“A fantastic atlas of what Kennard calls ‘heavy history’—the hurricane-like course of worldwide destruction wrought by way of neoliberalism and wars opposed to the poor.” —Mike Davis, writer of Planet of Slums and In compliment of Barbarians: Essays opposed to Empire
“Matt Kennard’s perceptive direct reporting and research of coverage goal to show ‘the racket’ that dominates a lot of worldwide society and to ‘blow their cover’. His in-depth stories, starting from Haiti to Palestine to Bolivia to Honduras to the destitute in big apple urban and much extra, convey domestic in shiny and illuminating aspect the truth of lifestyles and struggles of a lot of the world’s inhabitants, their defeats and victories, their agony and power and hope.” —Noam Chomsky, writer of Hegemony or Survival and Failed States
“Matt Kennard’s The Racket is a robust instrument for self-education: it deals crucial information regarding the insatiable and sordid nature of world, elitist, exploitive, profit-blinded governments and associations that experience, jointly, perfected the duty of creating billions of individuals depressing, negative and fatally unsatisfied. It additionally deals testimony from activists and artists who're now not giving in, giving up, or mendacity down.” —Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of The colour Purple
“This firecracker of a booklet, written by way of a former insider journalist who realised the real, exploitative time table of company media, unleashes a gonzo trip internationally people empire. From Palestine to Bolivia and the United States to South Africa, reporter Matt Kennard presents a roadmap of deformed economics, country violence and encouraging resistance. The Racket’s key message is that one other, extra simply global is feasible whilst political and media courtiers of strength know their very own complicity in Washington’s damaging rules within the identify of ‘development’, ‘humanitarian intervention’ and ‘liberation’. learn this booklet, be startled after which take action.” —Antony Loewenstein, parent columnist and writer of Profits of Doom
“Matt Kennard finds the ruthless felony dynamics of world imperialism. His research is richly researched, keenly illustrative, and constantly on course. might this booklet get the huge readership it deserves.” —Michael Parenti, writer of The Face of Imperialism and Profit Pathology and different Indecencies
“The Racket is difficult, offended, relentlessly researched and riveting, within the grand Chomskyian culture yet with the additional worth of the journalist’s mobility and prompt assurance. Kennard’s variety is extensive, either geographically and topically, yet with a unmarried target—the depredations of the USA superpower’s company and political elites on their lonesome domestic turf and in a foreign country that the lap-dog media infrequently touch.” —Susan George, writer of The Lugano document: On maintaining Capitalism within the Twenty-first Century
“I congratulate Matt Kennard for this brutally sincere paintings. we want Kennard different writers like him who've the braveness and artistic brain to show the lies and deception of the loose industry, unfastened Elections, loose offerings, Democracy, Peace, Cooperation, Friendship, Partnership, Equality, Justice and different attractive phrases hiding savage brutality, violence, terrorism, colonialism, and imperialism.” —Nawal El Saadawi, writer of Woman at aspect Zero
“Drawing on his wide-ranging in-depth investigations of exploitation and resistance from Haiti to Tunisia, Matt Kennard offers a invaluable portrait of the constitution and dynamics of the world’s largest felony firm. A masterpiece of engaged journalism.” —Walden Bello, member of the home of Representatives of the Republic of the Philippines and writer of Capitalism’s final Stand
“The Racket is a well-researched political journey via weaponized corruption and tyranny, destitution, theft, mass homicide and concluding within the censoring of the humanities within the usa and Britain. Matt Kennard places no deodorant at the reptiles waste within the imperial barnyard.” —Gavin MacFadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism
“Matt Kennard exposes the failure folks neoliberalism and an incredible the reason is, China’s big name is emerging whereas US international coverage is imploding right into a black hole.” —John Perkins, writer of Confessions of an fiscal Hitman
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546. 106 T he M ob the Seventies and 80s, for instance – however the alliances with a few different international locations were harder. i'll speak about right here the “special relationships” with Britain and Israel simply because they've got had the main political significance in the “international community”. given that 1945 it's been acknowledged that Britain has a “special courting” with the USA. Jack Straw, the then united kingdom international Secretary, advised me that he most popular the time period “close relationship”: “I’ve continuously inspiration – I suggest, essentially humans speak about ‘special courting’ – I constantly imagine ‘special dating’ sounds quite unique. lots of nations have a detailed courting with the U.S.. It’s a special courting from that that we have got with different nations yet so is our courting with France or Germany. The the most important factor concerning the US is that, to begin with, there’s this very powerful old tie. There’s the truth that we have now trusted them for victory in global wars. That the realm is, absolute confidence, more secure if we’re operating jointly than if we’re operating opposed to one another. And the truth that they account for 1 / 4 of the world’s monetary task and, much more than that, of the world’s medical innovation. So you’d need to be nuts to not try to increase an in depth dating with the us. ” yet Straw’s conception isn't solely actual simply because approximately each British top minister considering that international warfare II has been seduced by way of this concept of a “special relationship”. On just one get together considering 1945 has a British leading minister refused to aid the U.S. in its forays in a foreign country. This used to be throughout the Vietnam struggle within the Sixties whilst the Labour optimum Harold Wilson refused to ship even a token dispatch of troops. in this celebration the uproar between American policy-makers was once indicative of the position they observed Britain offering for US international coverage. “Be British! ” exclaimed one American reputable while the international secretary George Brown went to Washington in January 1968. “How are you able to betray us? ” Clare brief MP, erstwhile member of the British cupboard, advised 107 THE RACKET me: “Every unmarried post-war best minister of either events – except Edward Heath – has been keen about the precise dating because the centerpiece of British international coverage. and that i imagine this can be a pathetic, ‘lost after empire we by no means stumbled on a job’ state of mind. If the PM of england can decide up the telephone – for instance, Harold Macmillan might consult President Kennedy through the Cuban Missile quandary and provides him a bit recommendation after which he suggestion he used to be an actor during this global drama. And it’s pathetic yet it’s center considering Britain’s position on this planet. I suggest, out of the Iraq main issue the rustic must cease that. no longer that we fall out with the united states yet that we aren't a lapdog, that we attempt to construct a brand new multilateral order and use all our courting to build what's wanted in those occasions. It’s fairly fascinating that Heath used to be fixated on getting the help of the unions so he didn’t do it.