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  •  Naomi Klein, not Naomi Wolf (2+ / 0-)
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    elwior, Words In Action

    Two completely different writers.

    WB has their approach, whic has varied over time, but their mission is still alleviating poverty, not lining Wall Streeter's pockets.  They take on projects that the private sector (your REAL 1%ers) will not.
    That is not true - or at best, a half truth.  WB will take on projects if the end result is privatization of the public service being funded.

    And your argument really falls apart (or fell apart, as the case may be) the day that George W. Bush tapped Paul Wolfowitz to head the World Bank.  Quite a legacy for ol' Paul, there, if you so care to read.

    With that, I'm going to back out of this discussion.

    "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

    by Richard Cranium on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:27:01 AM PST

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    •  Of course (0+ / 0-)

      Can't have anyone challenging your world view right?

      and of course Dr. Kim is the president now.  However, if you were familiar with the organization and had worked with them in the past, you'd realize that it's a pretty significantly large organization that does a fairly wide range of activities, many, many of which are not the giant mega projects I think you are complaining about.  

      I direct you to look at the WB website for the projects they do, because if you read them, you'll notice that a very large proportion do not involve any private entitites whatsoever.  I did find a local water development project in Vietnam that involves local private entities alongside government agencies.  There's a Climate Change adaptation program in NIcaragua that  is run by the Department of Natural Resources developing awareness of vegetation management and other local practices.  No Wall Street involvement there.  The list goes on and on and on.  I doubt your view of the institution would last long if you spent time actually reading the reports and reviews that the World Bank actually conducts.  There are literally thousands worldwide. They can be found here

      And that's not even getting started on the basic research and data collection the bank does  I'm sure there's some way to contort how counting poor people is good for the 1%, but I'm at a loss to see what it is.

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 11:41:04 AM PST

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